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5G will be deployed in Lebanon in the first half of 2019, announced Marwan Hayek, CEO and Chairman of Alfa managed by Orascom TMT in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review during the 11th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit.


Telecom Review TV managed to secure an exclusive interview with MATRIXX Software CEO and co-founder Dave Labuda during his recent visit to their regional offices in Dubai. Labuda rose to prominence following the success of his company Portal Software in the late 90’s. He later sold the company to Oracle in 2006. In 2009, Labuda and fellow co-founder Jennifer Kyriakakis recognized that there was a gap in the market and started MATRIXX Software.

 


Debating whether 5G is an evolution or a revolution took center stage at the 11th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit where a panel was dedicated to this particular topic along with 5G use cases and expectations for the deployment timeline. Telecom Review had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Mohamed Madkour, VP Global Wireless Networks Marketing and Solutions, Huawei to discuss the Chinese vendor’s approach to 5G in the Middle East.


MYCOM OSI was one of the first in its industry to introduce and commercialize next generation cloud native solutions coupled with innovative subscription business models. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with MYCOM OSI President and CTO, Mounir Ladki onsite at the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit

 


The 2nd edition of Smart Cities World Forums was held on December 11th at the Meydan Hotel, Dubai, UAE, under the theme “Building the SMART Future”. The event offered the attendees the opportunity to know more about all aspects of smart cities and meet leaders in this particular field. Smart Cities World Forums spoke to Eng. Mohammed Alsharif, Program Director Madinah Smart City, AlMadinah AlMunawara Development Authority, who explained the Authority’s role in accelerating digital transformation in the Kingdom.


The 11th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit offered a great opportunity to meet regional and international industry C-level leaders. One of them was Chris de Josselin, CEO, StrataNet, who attended the event and took part in a panel that focused on cybersecurity measures in light of the increase in data traffic.


Telecom Review TV managed to secure an exclusive interview with PCCW Global CEO, Marc Halbfinger onsite at the 11th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit following his presentation at the industry-leading conference.

In a brilliant interview, Halbfinger discusses the unique aspects of its recent acquisition of Console Connect and how it will help the telco provider become a digital platform of choice for hybrid cloud and automated networks.

In addition to this, he discusses its Proof of Concept (PoC) with blockchain technology and its major PEACE cable project it has embarked upon with HENGTONG Group.

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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.