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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As the world comes to terms with the effects of COVID-19, telecommunication providers have certainly proved just how crucial they are to the functioning of everyday life, and, even amidst this major disruption, there is now a real opportunity for operators to gain service and reputational ground with customers.

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The coronavirus pandemic is a humanitarian crisis that continues to take a tragic toll on people’s lives. There’s no denying it is also acting as a catalyst for change on a scale not seen before.

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Notes from the Chief Editor

Smart cities all over the world are accelerating efforts in the race to become the best! Cities have to be evaluated fairly through a voting system which allows people who live, or have visited the cities, to select the one they believe is the smartest in the world based on their own experience.

Smart Cities World Forums has launched a campaign which is open to everyone, to select the best smart city. The voting system has been developed so that you can only register your vote once. This transparent process is the fairest way to determine which city our readers believe is the world's smartest.

The three cities that receive the highest number of votes will be recognized with awards at the end of the first day of Telecom Review Leader's Summit during the Awards Ceremony, which will be held in Dubai at the luxurious Meydan Hotel on December 10th. The second day of our Summit, entitled Building the Smart Future, will gather leading decision-makers from both the regional and global smart city spaces to explore and examine the exciting opportunities presented by the smart city industry.

From Dubai to Dallas and Barcelona to Beijing, you can vote for your favorite smart city in the world on Smart Cities World Forums. Join us at the Telecom Review Leaders' Summit and Building the Smart Future symposiums in December to find out the future direction and vision of the ICT and smart city industries - and of course, to find out which city will be crowned the world's smartest!