Marc Halbfinger has been chief executive officer of PCCW Global Limited at PCCW-HKT Limited since July 2007. He is responsible for the integrated global communication solutions business at PCCW Global. Marc sat with Telecom Review to update us on why MWC is such an important event to attend and where PCCW Global stands in an industry that is shifting at an unprecedented velocity.

Read more: PCCW Global CEO, Marc Halbfinger caught up with Telecom Review at MWC 2016

Attending Mobile World Congress 2016, Lebanese Telecom Minister, H.E. Boutros Harb was present at the annual International Conference on Telecommunication in Barcelona, where he spoke about the Lebanese government's policy for the development of the mobile telecom sector in Lebanon in the future.

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We are delighted to inform you that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has announced the launch of Dubai Wholesale City. It's the region's first fully integrated wholesale trading hub, and the latest addition to TECOM Group's expanding portfolio of dedicated business communities.

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Dubai set a goal to become the world's smartest city by 2017. As the leading Middle Eastern business and tourist hub, Dubai is among many cities around the world embracing ambitious smart city goals. We spoke to Ghazi Atallah, managing director at NexGen, the only consultant for the Smart Dubai project, who shared his thoughts on the ambitious strategy.

Read more: NeXgen: The essential component of Smart Dubai

The FTTH/B average take up rate in the MENA region has reached 43%, while UAE leads the market at 75%, according to the latest FTTH MENA Panorama study. The full 2015 study was released at end of January 2016 after major statistics announced during the 7th edition in Muscat last November.

Read more: FTTH leads in the MENA region and the global market

Middle East telecoms' adoption of 5G will support the global USD 164 billion Internet of Things market by 2018, announced one of the world's leading technology companies at Mobile World Congress.

Read more: Middle East Telecoms supports global USD 164 billion Internet of Things market by 2018

Every time we fill out raffle coupons and provided our name, address, email address and telephone numbers, we have given our unwritten consent and provided sensitive information to merchandisers to contact us - whether we win or not.

After realizing the disambiguation of the fine prints on this small piece of paper, at the end of the paragraph, a small statement clearly states that "'we may contact you for promotions available or related to this product." Then, giving us a blank space to sign away and complete the form.

How often we have done this unconsciously? Do we even care about where the piece of paper ends up after the raffle draw? In short, where did our personal details end up?

These are questions we rarely ask ourselves as we excitedly fill out forms, but are questions too important to not ask, particularly in this day in age where we are used to clicking and agreeing to terms and conditions. Installing software on our devices and downloading an app that we find useful are typical examples. These actions involve giving out our personal information, and as we connect those devices to one another, this information can be emitted and transmitted to the internet. We must be wary and have regard for what we share or give over to the connected world. It starts now.

Read more: Privacy: An utmost priority in IoT (internet of things)

Evidence such as rising global temperatures, increased flooding, droughts and storms, all suggest that climate change is upon us. It is widely accepted today that humans are largely to blame for recent climate change, because over the past century, our activities have released large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as a result of burning fossil fuels. Greenhouse gases act like a blanket around the earth, thus trapping energy in the atmosphere and warming up the planet. The threat is very real and we need to do something about it. But what can we do? Surprisingly, big data has emerged as a key component to the solution.

Read more: Big data & the fight against climate change

Market research firm Gartner noted that smartphone sales soared in the third quarter of 2015 as compared to the same period last year. The research firm added that this growth stemmed from continued demand for affordable smartphones in emerging markets. The top five device makers are namely: Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi.

Read more: Powering mobiles of the future: A look into battery innovations

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