New technologies like 5G, edge, softwarization and cloudification will shake up the network factory of telco operators. Stone Age monolithic NT equipment producing plain voice and data services are in the past. The modernization of the network factory opens up new opportunities for telcos to monetarize their network capabilities and increase efficiency significantly.

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In some ways, the wireless revolution of the past 20 years has been one of history's quietest innovations. Consider how quickly and effortlessly wireless users have adopted the once-fantastical notion of universal connectivity in an affordable, pocket-sized device. In less than a single generation, the world has evolved from a tethered telephone to a wireless communication device that puts the world at your fingertips at any time and any place.

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The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) has partnered with regional technology business solutions provider Nearbuy to host a trial of the first 'robot receptionist' in the Middle East. Farah, which stands 1.50 metres tall, started work on November 26 at the Smart Dubai Office headquarters in the Dubai Design District.

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Young people and women are at the root of a fast-developing dynamic entrepreneur scene driving technology innovation in Lebanon, according to a new report prepared by the UK Lebanon Tech Hub. The report indicates that women are increasingly taking the lead in Lebanon's startup scene. The same goes for the UAE and Saudi Arabia where woman are stepping up and leading innovation projects.

Read more: Middle East tech scene bolstered by youth and women

Du, the leading telecom operator in the UAE, plays a vital role in Dubai's evolution into a Smart City. Sterlite Tech being its technology partner supporting Dubai Smart City Vision took the initiative of organizing Sterlite Day - du Digital Summit, to showcase how Sterlite Tech is positioned to enable du in its journey as Digital service provider.

Read more: Sterlite Tech outlines the path towards digital transformation

Budget pressures and customer/citizen demands are driving GCC nations to embrace digital transformation, according to Deloitte's 2017 National Transformation in the Middle East report. Digital transformation is playing a fundamental role in shaping the way governments across the world are adapting to new opportunities and challenges, and the GCC is no exception.

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In the telco industry, it seems the words of the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, are ringing true: "The only constant is change."One challenge that we grapple with today is understanding the role of 'digital' in our future, and how digital transformation can bring profitable growth to our industry, from three angles of business, network and operations.

By Charles Yang, President, Huawei Middle East

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Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), the parent company of the "du" and "Virgin Mobile UAE" brands, hosted a GSMA meeting in Dubai on November 28 to execute candid discussions on aligning their visions for emerging innovations and technologies in the region that will have an impact on the telecom sector. Topics discussed include 5G, IoT, and e-SIM evolution.

Read more: EITC hosts GSMA in Dubai to align regional visions

The Middle East is turning to innovation in a post oil economy. As I walked around the exhibition halls at GITEX Technology Week 2017, I witnessed dozens of companies embracing economic diversity. Industries like financial technology, healthcare, construction and transportation are spurring regional development of cloud computing while billions are being spent on the datacenter market.

Read more: A brighter future is built on smarter networks

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