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Telcos should not act as mere investors in startups, said Ayman Jomaa, CEO, Numbase Group in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review conducted in the framework of the 10th edition of Telecom Review Summit. According to the charismatic CEO, organizing this summit is a need for the telecommunications industry.  


People will eventually embrace cryptocurrencies, according to Samer Geissah, Vice President- innovation, du who stressed to Telecom Review the need for cryptocurrencies to have a regulatory and governmental framework to avoid hacking scandals.


Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Chief Technology Officer and President at MYCOM OSI, Mounir Ladki, at the 10th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit in Beirut, Lebanon. In a fascinating and in-depth interview, Ladki outlined the importance of creating the right ecosystem for startups - and outlined in detail how he utilized innovation and technology to overcome the challenges he faced when co-founding MYCOM OSI.


Millennials are reshaping industries to match their expectations, and the telecom industry is no exception, Ericsson’s President of the Middle East and Africa, Rafiah Ibrahim, said at the Telecom Review Summit in Beirut on 13 April. Millennials are generally marked by an increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies, and they don’t want to work the same way as previous generations.


The greatest opportunities for students graduating from university are going to be in technology and the knowledge economy, the head of the Arab region’s top ranked university said at the Telecom Review Summit in Beirut on 13 April. Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut (AUB) said the Lebanese economy needs to diversify if it’s to retain its graduates.


Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with CEO, Toda Algorand Toufi Saliba, at the 10th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit in Beirut, Lebanon. The charismatic CEO highlighted his predictions for the continued revolution within Blockchain technology. He outlined that AI was already replacing a lot of redundant jobs, but stressed that it was hard to predict whether or not AI will replace us completely.

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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.