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Telecom Review TV caught up with Deemah AlYahya, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s National Digitization Unit (NDU), a government arm mandated to accelerate efforts to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 objectives, an initiative to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from oil dependence. Ms. AlYahya said Saudi NDU was inspired by Dubai’s vision.

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Saudi Arabia’s largest telecom provider, focused on its enterprise business at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai this year. The company introduced new enterprise solutions, including cloud and IoT services. It’s a new chapter for STC, said Key Accounts VP Riyadh Muawad, as the company aims to be the back bone of Saudi Arabia’s transformation agenda. 

Telecom Review TV secured an exclusive interview with James Petter, VP EMEA Pure Storage at GITEX Technology Week, to discuss findings from their recently published EVOLUTION 2017 report, and their prospects moving forward in the region.

Telecom Review TV caught up with CommScope’s recently appointed VP of Sales, Service Providers, Middle East & Africa, Femi Oshiga, at GITEX 2017, whose objective is to extend CommScope’s portfolio elements in all key markets in a sustainable manner.

Riverbed, an American IT company that develops products to improve application performance across wide area networks (WANs), recently commissioned a study surveying 1,000 IT decision makers globally to explore the impact legacy and next-generation networks have on cloud adoption and digital transformation. Telecom Review TV discussed the findings with Charbel Khniesser, Riverbed's Regional Presales Director for Middle East, Turkey and North Africa.

InfiNet Wireless, the global fixed broadband wireless connectivity specialist, showcased its cutting-edge ‘smart city solution’ portfolio at GITEX Technology Week 2017 in Dubai. InfiNet's portfolio is uniquely positioned to deliver the robust and reliable infrastructures which are essential for any smart city project, said Kamal Mokrani, Global Vice President.

BridgeWave Communications, a market leader in the development and deployment of high capacity microwave and millimetre wave backhaul and front-haul solutions, is set to accelerate its growth and footprint in the Middle East following the regional launch of its NAVIGATOR DT systems at GITEX Technology Week.

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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.