As network quality improves, mobile subscribers globally are placing more importance on customer service and value when choosing an operator, Nokia's 2016 Acquisition and Retention study shows.

Read more: Nokia's 2016 Acquisition and Retention study shows 5 emerging reasons mobile customers churn

Ericsson has committed to developing Ericsson Emergency Wallet, a mobile financial services solution, for deployment in the immediate aftermath of disaster or crises to support humanitarian organizations and affected populations.

Read more: Ericsson announces Emergency Wallet to support humanitarian response

Together with the support of Dubai Future Foundation through the Global Blockchain Council, du announced plans to revolutionize healthcare in the UAE using pioneering blockchain technology. For the first time in the UAE, du's pilot will introduce a safer common system for instantly sharing and verifying electronic health records (EHR) between hospitals and clinics.

Read more: Global Blockchain Council backs du Pilot for First Blockchain Service for Healthcare in Middle East

Digital transformation has given rise to smart technologies, disrupting the way we work, live and play. Bringing to life new innovations, this year's CommunicAsia2016, EnterpriseIT2016 and BroadcastAsia2016 returns to Marina Bay Sands Singapore from 31 May - 3 June 2016.

Read more: Unveiling Smart Technologies at CommunicAsia2016, EnterpriseIT2016 and BroadcastAsia2016

Sterlite Technologies' Telecom Software Division Elitecore announces the version release of its NetVertex PCRF v6.6. The platform empowers CSPs with service agility, faster monetization and optimization, a key enabler for the operators to enhance customer experience.

Read more: Elitecore announces NetVertex PCRF V6.6 Release for rapid service innovation and monetization

Critical Communications World, Amsterdam, Netherlands - Nokia has unveiled a light and ultra-compact 4G network, based on a small cell, that will allow secure mobile broadband connectivity in minutes for mission- and business-critical services. The network can provide voice, video and data services in emergency situations, remote locations and events, and act as a hotspot for public safety organizations, industries and operators.

Read more: Nokia provides secure 4G coverage in almost any environment with the Ultra Compact Network - the...

Ericsson took home two prestigious awards at the 5G World MENA 2016 Awards Ceremony for Fastest LTE Network and the Best Innovation In HetNet Development during a ceremony held at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai. Ericsson's Head of Mobile Broadband in Region Middle East, Rakesh Lakhani received the awards on Ericsson's behalf.

Read more: Ericsson wins Fastest LTE Network and the Best Innovation In HetNet Development at 5G World MENA...

Microsoft and Facebook announced plans to build "MAREA" - a new subsea cable across the Atlantic. The new MAREA cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers. "MAREA" is named after the Spanish word for "tide," and will be capable of 160 terabits per second of bandwidth and will stretch more than 4,100 miles of ocean in a submarine cable system. It will have eight fiber pairs, with a total design capacity of 20 Tbps per fiber pair. The applicants have not yet made decisions about the initial lit capacity of the system. The parties have cleared conditions to go "Contract-In-Force" with their plans, and construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.

Read more: Microsoft and Facebook to build huge Virginia to Spain Submarine Cable

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