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Swisslog, for the first time, partnered with Etisalat to showcase its latest robot-based solution ItemPiQ, which is specially designed for repeated, reliable picking of a wide range of items for the fast delivery of orders at low operating costs. Alain Kaddoum, General Manager at Swisslog Middle East explained more about the solution and Swisslog in general, during an interview with Telecom Review at GITEX Technology Week.


In an effort to highlight how 5G will affect cybersecurity and the solutions undertaken to face cyber threats, Telecom Review spoke to Hongbeom Jeon, CTO and SEVP, KT who confirmed the need for higher levels of security with the advent of 5G.


Krypton CEO, Cyrus Salesse has highlighted some of the key fundamental security differences between 4G and 5G technologies as the industry braces itself for the deployment and commercialization of 5G networks across a number of global markets. Krypton which is headquartered in Lebanon is visible in a number of key markets all across the MENA region and has enjoyed phenomenal success under the tutelage and guidance of its CEO. The cybersecurity vendor continues to enhance its market reputation in what is becoming an increasingly ultra-competitive space.


Touch, managed by Zain Group participated in the 12th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit. Touch’s Chief Executive Officer, Emre Gurkan presented a detailed overview of touch’s performance in Lebanon during the 12th edition. He also explained in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review more details about the company’s goals for this year and the progress in achieving the 5G project in Lebanon.


Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Senior Vice President of Technology, MEA and CEE region at Oracle delivered his projections for 2019 at the 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit which was held at The Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon. In a detailed and comprehensive presentation, the dynamic Oracle executive predicted that emerging technologies such as AI and Internet of Things would result in a mass proliferation of data that would be unlike anything the ICT industry has ever witnessed.


Governance Dynamics is a professional services firm focused on providing governance related services and solutions that are pragmatic and designed to address the issue at hand taking into consideration the strategic outlook of the business in the immediate short term and the long term. Fadi Sidani, Managing partner, Governance Dynamics, explained more about the company to Telecom Review at the 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit. He highlighted how governance is at the heart of the services the company offers and stressed that it tends to focus on clients as unique cases rather than providing general services.


MYCOM OSI President and CTO Mounir Ladki has predicted that operators will be able to become fully-fledged digital service providers during the second phase of 5G. According to Ladki, the initial rollout of 5G will resemble more of an evolution than a revolution. However, the availability of 5G-enabled devices to consumers will significantly accelerate 5G developments and when this occurs, that will lead to a revolution for telecommunication operators in their efforts to completely digitalize their operations.

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Summit Sessions


The 13th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit was held on December 10th at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai. This edition attracted the ICT industry’s most influential leaders who convened to discuss the changes that have happened in the industry during the year.


Mr. Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom Review and CEO of Trace Media gives the opening welcome note at the 13th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit.


Dr. Eesa Bastaki, President, University of Dubai, highlights the history of the technological evolution in his official opening keynote.


Mr. Mike van den Bergh, the Chief Global Strategy and Marketing Officer, PCCW Global gives a keynote about how PCCW Global transformed from a legacy carrier to a technology company.


An Jian, President of Carrier Business Group, Huawei Middle East Region explains in his keynote how to make 5G a commercial success.


One of the interesting sessions at the 13th edition was the debate between Eid and Hatem Dowidar, CEO, Etisalat International.


The Telecom Leaders’ panel was comprised of Hazem Metwally, CEO of Etisalat Misr, Jacek Passia, Regional Executive & Programme Director at Vodafone, Ahmed Mekky, CEO of Fiber Misr, Dr. Ahmed Sindi, CEO of Dawiyat, and Engineer Mohamed Ben Amor, Secretary-General at AICTO. The panel was moderated by Ghazi Atallah, CEO of NXN.


Mr. Patrick Sullivan provided an overview of how Verizon is developing network services and digital interaction with customers to make sure that they are successful in the fourth revolution.