The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) announced the launch of the first phase of the "Bashr" initiative, one of the most important strategic initiatives implemented and developed through close and constructive cooperation with all local and federal government departments and entities involved in licensing economic activities in the UAE. This initiative aims to promote UAE's competitiveness in doing business by allowing to tart business in simple, fast steps taking no more than 15 minutes.

Read more: The TRA launches the first phase of the “Bashr” initiative

While the corporate university concept has become perfectly integrated into the landscape of telecommunications operators in Western countries, it is still not widespread among incumbent operators in Africa. The creation of a corporate university accelerates innovation for operators and information technology players. Experiments carried out in this area confirm the benefits of the approach in fostering a successful digital transformation.

Read more: Operator’s investment in “corporate university” an asset for developing countries

By Jacek Passia, Regional Executive Middle East, Russia & CIS, Vodafone Partner Markets

5G is likely to be predominantly rolled out to consumers and enterprises globally from 2020, although some of the benefits associated with this new technology are already available. 5G will be deployed commercially when markets have appropriate spectrum, once all the standards are agreed by 3GPP and compatible telecoms equipment and devices are available.

Read more: The road to the Gigabit Society

Publicis Groupe announced that it appointed Raja Trad as its first chairman of the Middle East region. Trad, who was named CEO of Publicis Communications MEA in 2016, will now oversee all of the holding company's operations in the region, including the creative communications hub he recently led, Publicis Media and Publicis.Sapient, according to the announcement.

Read more: Publicis Groupe appoints first chairman of the Middle East

The word “algorithm” has become very recurrent and polemic lately in the world of digital technologies and trends. It symbolizes the dangers and consequences of an automated world conditioned by commercial logic. Before judging negatively or positively its impact and role in Google’s searching process, Facebook’s news feeds and recommendations on Amazon, it is important to define an algorithm first.

Read more: How algorithms are controlling our lives

Digital transformation has arisen following the emergence of technologies that drive our world forward through cutting-edge solutions and enhanced efficiency and productivity. The telecommunications industry has tremendously progressed since the days of wired handsets and limited communication features. Telecom networks have undergone a mind-blowing transformation to meet the ever growing demand on data. Today, businesses have to make a choice: either adopt new strategies or lag behind.

Read more: Telcos need new strategies – here’s why

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