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Highlighting the Lebanese operator’s achievements in 2017, Emre Gurkan, CEO, touch shed light in an exclusive interview to Telecom Review TV, on touch’s positive financial results registered throughout 2017 and mentioned his plans and aspirations for the upcoming year, notably in terms of digitization.

Salam Yamout, Regional Director, Middle East, Internet Society, spoke to Telecom Review TV at the 2017 Telecom Review Summit about the importance of protecting data. Internet Society is an American non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education, access, and policy.

Guillaume Boudin, CEO of Sofrecom, the consulting arm of Orange Group, spoke to Telecom Review TV at the 2017 Telecom Review Summit about the opportunities for telecom operators to grow. He talked about the ways in which Sofrecom can support telco customers to transform and embrace new business opportunities such as data monetization.

Mr. Bahjat El-Darwiche, Partner Lead, EMEA, TMT, Strategy& spoke to Telecom Review TV at the 2017 Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit about how telecom operators in the Middle East were set to embark on a new wave of M&A’s in order to accelerate growth and expansion.

Cecilia Atterwall, Global VP and Head of Marketing and Comms for Networks, Ericsson, delivered an ‘Expert Insight’ speech at the Telecom Review Summit 2017. She spoke to Telecom Review TV at the event, reflecting on the speech that she delivered, which focused on Ericsson’s insights on 5G which can be found in the company’s recent Mobility Report and 5G Business Potential report.

Dr. David Kravitz, VP-Crypto Systems Research at UAE security firm DarkMatter, shared his insights on blockchain technology and cyber-security with Telecom Review TV at the 2017 Telecom Review Summit. Kravitz Spearheads research and development efforts on a variety of cyber security and privacy topics, including Internet of Things, Public Key Infrastructure, Privilege Management Infrastructure, and advances in blockchain.

Volker Ziegler, Global Head of 5G Leadership, Chief Architect, Nokia, spoke to Telecom Review TV at the Telecom Review Summit 2017 about the company’s ambitions for 5G which go “way beyond” mobile broadband. Ziegler reflects on his panel discussion at the event and discusses 5G use cases.

Dr. Mohamed Madkour, VP Marketing and Head of Global Wireless Branding, Huawei, spoke to Telecom Review TV at the Telecom Review Summit 2017 about how 5G will “enable a whole new generation of mobile internet that not only transports data but also communicates skills and talents, which will unlock new opportunities for economies, industries and societies.”

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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.