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Data Consult has been sharing much of its expertise in technology from all its aspects in the past editions of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit and this year wasn’t much different. Moderating the panel on the role of FTTx deployment in accelerating digital transformation and smart cities, Marc Nader, CEO of Data Consult accorded to the team of Telecom Review a get a quick talk on what distinguished this Summit edition and an overview about the company.


The 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit which was held in Beirut gathered the ICT industry’s leading experts and CxOs, as well as specialized organizations and governmental entities working to reinforce the deployment of new technologies. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was represented by Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, Chief, Study Groups Department, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU who, in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, discussed the importance of financial inclusion and highlighted the Union’s role in the 5G era.

While the whole world agrees that 5G will change the world as we know it, different opinions emerge as to what is really is. Dr. Kamal Shehadi, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Etisalat International said to Telecom Review on the sidelines of the 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ that many are focusing on the technological side of 5G while in fact, it is about a whole ecosystem.


Fintech was one of the main topics discussed at the 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit and a panel of leading industry experts tackled the evolution of the financial sector and how technology revolutionized payment methods. Elie Nasr, Managing partner, FOO who took part in this panel, spoke onsite to Telecom Review. He explained why FOO is a one-of-a-kind company in Lebanon and shared his insights on the Fintech market in the MENA region.


Ayman Jomaa, CEO, Numbase is a regular attendee of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summits and had a remarkable presence at the 12th edition which was held in Beirut, Lebanon. Telecom Review spoke to the CEO onsite to know more about his participation at the summit.


Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Ms. Yan You, Vice President of ZTE Corporation, and General Manager of System Marketing and Solution Department, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The executive spoke to us about how ZTE is helping operators embrace digital transformation and how successful execution of their transformational objectives will enhance product innovation which in turn will improve network agility. In addition to this, she talks about its position on 5G, and how the Chinese vendor can help CSPs transform their operations and networks.


Telecom Review TV managed to secure an exclusive interview with Etisalat International CEO, Hatem Dowidar onsite at the 11th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit.

The dynamic visionary has helped solidify Etisalat’s position as a global leader in the telecommunications ecosystem - and in a forthright interview with us he spoke about Etisalat’s role in 5G, the new technologies that are reshaping our societies and the impact Etisalat Digital has had.


Data is at the heart of every discussion tackling the latest in the telecoms industry and the prospects for the future. At the 11th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit which was held in Dubai in December 2018, a panel entitled “Capacity and data traffic” addressed the effect data has had on the industry and how telcos have managed to embrace big data. Telecom Review managed to secure an interview with Sameh Sobhy, Vice President, Middle East & North Africa, PCCW Global to know more about his opinion on data increase and to discuss the benefits of the PEACE submarine cable system.

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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.