Nexign has been a key player in Business Supports Systems (BSS) with 28 years of leadership in the BSS market and currently operates in over 15 countries worldwide.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc to almost every single industry out there and over the past few months, the pressure has been on for telecom operators and vendors to take it upon themselves to ensure efficient connectivity and to help businesses function and navigate the ‘new normal’.

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Staying connected and safe are key in today’s current scenario in the country for families, friends and businesses. During this unprecedented period, that has challenged both health and economy, Etisalat has taken all steps to make sure that its network, services and teams are well equipped to help all our customers.

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Notes from the Chief Editor

With the rise of the digital transformation era and smart cities implementation, the focus is how to reach smart societies - not just smart cities.

Smart cities are created to serve smart societies, with an increased involvement of humans, citizens and residents or visitors.

The latest stakeholders working on smart cities are using artificial intelligence to check the behavior of humans so they are capable of more and integrate into smart societies.

Artificial intelligence will be using big data to improve technology in smart cities from transportation to energy or education, to waste management.

With a fully digital society, the fully connected/advanced censors' implementation is key in this. The ITU Committee of Smart Cities (CSC) launched their KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for smart sustainable cities. Until now, 50 cities from all continents have applied.

KPIs are for city dwellers and non-profit citizen organizations, to enable them to understand the development and progress of SSC (Smart Sustainable Cities) with respect to ICT's impact, and to look over the development and operation of SSC organizations from planning units, service providers, operations and maintenance organizations, etc.

With 50 cities applying and more than 100 prepared to join, the road towards smart societies is very close, supported by advanced ICT and using artificial intelligence and big data, making it even closer!