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Huawei is accelerating digital transformation in the Middle East through the development of 5G technologies, its AI portfolio and smart cities strategy. Telecom Review spoke with Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President - Digital Industries Strategy, Huawei during GITEX 2018 to know more about Huawei 5G Ecosystem Conference that was organized in the framework of the Huawei Middle East 3rd Innovation Day. He also highlighted Huawei’s contribution at


In an effort to accelerate the development of patient-centered digital health programs in the Middle East region, NXN has partnered with Tactio Health Group on a smart healthcare program aiming at improving patients’ experience and helping them monitor their health remotely and in a more convenient way. The partnership was announced during GITEX Technology Week 2018 where Telecom Review spoke to Ghazi Atallah, CEO, NXN about the benefits of such a platform for patients in the Middle East.


Eva Andren, VP and Head of Managed Services at Ericsson has claimed the Swedish telecommunications colossus is well-positioned to maintain its position as a global-leading vendor for operators as they continue to prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Telecom Review TV managed to secure an exclusive interview with Andren at Telecoms World Middle East. In a fascinating discussion, the Ericsson executive outlined the role AI and Machine Learning will play in operational efficiency, the current challenges facing operators and her primary objectives and goals for the remainder of the year. 


Telecom Review managed to secure an interview with Sacha Andre Dudler, Senior Advisor to the CEO at STC, Telecoms World Middle East to explore in more detail how the operator will be a key enabler in the governments’ ambitious Saudi Vision 2030 program, its strategy to transform itself into a global digital leader, its vision for 5G and its roadmap for international expansion.

The former GM of Corporate Performance Management at STC has been with the Saudi Arabian telco for over six years and has played a pivotal role in doubling the valuation of the operator. He has also played a prominent role in overseeing its digital transformation program.


Virgin Mobile UAE has enjoyed phenomenal success since entering the telecommunications industry in the country twelve months ago. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with the charismatic figurehead for Virgin Mobile UAE, Karim Benkirane, in an effort to find out his reflections on its first year in the market and its strategic vision for the future.


Labeling an operator as a happiness provider is unconventional. However, Marwan Hayek, CEO and Chairman, Alfa has been striving to make customers happy, thus becoming, according to his words, a HP or Happiness Provider.


Nokia’s Roger Ghorayeb highlighted in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review at the 10th Telecom Review Summit how Nokia is deploying tireless efforts in Lebanon to help operators deploy 5G by 2020. He also emphasized the importance of FTTH deployment and the impact the technology will have on the Lebanese telecommunications sector.

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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.