At HUAWEI CONNECT 2016 Huawei and Accenture underscored the momentum of their existing alliance agreement and expanded on their future goals. The two companies jointly provide verified enterprise SAP and Oracle cloud solutions which are based on Huawei FusionCloud solution for global enterprise customers' core applications to provide one-stop service.

Read more: Huawei and Accenture demonstrate growing market momentum in helping businesses

Ericsson and Bombardier, a Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company, have completed trials of LTE networks for railway solutions at simulated speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour. A total of 11 tests were conducted in a laboratory to determine the ability of the LTE networks to support communications-based train control (CBTC) and multiservice solutions. Examples of multiservice solutions are closed-circuit television (CCTV), voice, platform information, advertising and Wi-Fi for passengers.

Read more: Ericsson and Bombardier complete LTE network trials for railway solutions

Nokia is to introduce 4.5G Pro, an advanced mobile technology that will deliver the significant capacity and speed enhancements needed by operators as they build towards next-generation networks, including meeting the demands of ultra-connected megacities. Nokia has also outlined its plans for 4.9G, which will allow users to maintain a continuous 5G service experience using an evolved LTE to complement 5G radio coverage.

Read more: Nokia announces AirScale-powered 4.5G Pro and 4.9G to establish smooth path for operators to 5G

Middle East and Africa is a promising region despite the macro-economic challenges that the region is witnessing. Combined with increasing availability of low cost smartphones and demand for mobile broadband services, we see a fast shift from voice to data. The evolving ICT industry comes with new use cases, new value chains and new ways for operators to capitalize on their network capabilities, which all provide opportunities for revenues from outside their traditional customer base. Through years of experience in operating large networks around the world, we support our customers to improve their share in the ICT value chain.

Read more: The Power and Challenges of Change , By Rafiah Ibrahim, President of Ericsson Region Middle East &...

Ericsson launched a new ConsumerLab report titled "The Networked Life in Lebanon", highlighting that consumers in Lebanon are adopting a 'networked lifestyle' similarly to their global counterparts. This is defined not only by socio-cultural trends, but also by the products they consume and the services they use online.

Read more: Ericsson ConsumerLab: Lebanese instant messaging above global average

Emerging digital disruptors like Netflix and Amazon offer customers a hassle free online experience; one that is often intuitive and ubiquitous. While telecom operators have generally scored favorably when it comes to measuring customer satisfaction, new data suggests that the tides are turning as more consumers grow to expect what is known as the "one-click" customer experience-that is, the ideal of a frictionless customer journey in which buying online is simple and easy.

Read more: From Network to Consumer: The One-Click Ideal By Teemu Salmi, Head of IT and Cloud, Ericsson,...

Swedish telecom operator Telia Carrier announced on September 1 that it has established a new point of presence (PoP) within Jaguar Network's Marseilles data center. This is the second PoP Telia Carrier has established in Marseilles, France, to provide carriers, content and cloud providers with diverse connectivity choices and added network redundancy. The new PoP improves the resiliency of Telia Carrier's existing wholesale IP Transit, Wavelength and Ethernet services provided from both locations.

Read more: Telia Carrier prepares for new multi-terabit subsea cable systems with two PoPs in Marseilles

Nokia IP/Optical Networks promote Nokia's global leadership in IP and optical networking; providing networks that are scalable, flexible, fast and made for service providers in the cloud era. Telecom Review spoke to Zouheir Naciri, Head of Regional Business Center (RBC), ION, MEA, Nokia, who discussed his role with us, as well as Nokia's strategy in the cloud era, the benefits of Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent and how Nokia is assisting with the challenges operators are facing in IP/Optical Networks.

Read more: Unraveling Nokia's IP/Optical Networks portfolio

Four new vulnerability exploits were discovered recently on over 900 million Android smartphones, with Qualcomm chipsets found to be the root cause of the issue, according to research by Check Point, a firm dedicated to providing people with protection against digital threats. Qualcomm was notified by the researchers about the issue earlier this year, and responded by making patches available for all four vulnerabilities to customers, partners, and the open source community between April and July.

Read more: How Qualcomm responded to vulnerabilities affecting a specific chipset exposed by Check Point

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