Digital transformation is everywhere — literally. From the way we make conversation up to how we make transactions, leaning towards the automated approach is convenient and inevitable. This is applicable as well to the telecom industry as a whole; particularly on the backend.

Read more: The whys and hows of telecom infrastructure automation

At the Customer Strategy & Pain Point Analysis (CSPA) conference hosted by Huawei in September 2021, Mr. John Giusti, GSMA Chief Regulatory Officer, shared the progress in reducing global carbon emissions and the ICT industry's efforts to achieve the carbon neutrality goal.

Read more: GSMA accelerates mobile industry’s race to net-zero carbon emission by 2050

Soon 5G will be the fastest adopted mobile generation, and for that, the 4G rollout taught mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that they must take a more proactive approach if they are to successfully compete with larger mobile network operators (MNOs). Here, Hamish White, CEO of telecommunications software provider Mobilise, explores the 5G future of the MVNO.

Read more: 5G uplifts the MVNO market

The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has made the first field measurements in the Middle East to develop criteria for compatibility between International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) and Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R).

Read more: TDRA measures IMT, GSM-R compatibility for quality telecom services

Telecom Review is hosting a virtual panel, powered by SES, under the theme of “Revolutionizing connectivity through innovation” on September 13 at 3 pm (Dubai time). This panel will give C-level speakers the opportunity to speak about:

Read more: Join our upcoming panel to discover the revolution of connectivity through innovation

The large young population makes the startup ecosystem in the region most vibrant with one of the highest levels of digital connectivity. In addition, a number of initiatives have emerged in recent years to promote business and social entrepreneurship in the region.

Read more: Etisalat leading the way for SMBs and entrepreneurs

By now, most of us are quite familiar with the term Digital Twin being used across industries, including the ICT industry. The concept of the digital twin has been defined as a digital representation or visualization of a physical or nonphysical entity, such as an organization, city, product, a person that can assist technologists to simulate, predict and forecast the behavior and even control aspects of the physical counterpart in real-time. Digital twin technology  (DTT) is gaining momentum for its business benefits, including speeding up product development lifecycles, cost-effectiveness, and creating result-oriented new business models.

Read more: Digital Twin technology for telecom networks

The Middle East region—and particularly the GCC—has been amongst the global forerunners in 5G experimentation and deployment. Over recent years, many of these networks have scaled tremendously as operators start to monetize these investments. New 5G ecosystems have been built. Original 5G-powered applications have been introduced to local industries. Many organizations also had the foresight to invest in 5G digital infrastructure long before the current pandemic, and that investment has paid off significantly as network traffic has increased, and more businesses have gone digital. 

Read more: How 5G business development was a major contributor to Kuwait carriers’ positive H1 2021 financial...

Egypt's ministry of planning and economic development plans to raise the contribution of the telecommunication and information technology sector in the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) to 5% by 2025, from an expected target of 2.6% for fiscal year (FY) 2020/2021, minister of planning and economic development Hala El-Said has revealed, according to state news reports.

Read more: Egypt to raise ICT sector’s GDP contribution to 5% by 2025

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