Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) officially launched its corporate identity in Abu Dhabi, following law No. 16 of 2019, which was recently decreed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, for the establishment of the authority replacing Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC).

Read more: Abu Dhabi Digital Authority launches new corporate identity

We currently live in a time where changes are stubbornly and relentlessly taking place and telcos have to incessantly deal with a different set of realities. Over the past two centuries, the ways in which we have communicated with one another as a society have changed immensely. Telecommunications, even in its early days, took the world by storm, changed the ways in which we communicated. The speed and manner at which it was done and gave way for industrial revolutions to take place - notwithstanding the fact that it keeps us all interconnected with one another.

Read more: The evolution of the UAE’s telecom industry

#Cyber_Saber_Hackathon, the leading hackathon competition in the region held alongside the 7th #MENAISC2019 conference at Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention, was concluded. King Abdulaziz University won the first place, with a total number of 46 male and female participants.

Read more: ITC honors the winners of the 3rd Cyber Saber Hackathon 2019

By Marianne Brunat, commercial director of Sofrecom

Public-private partnerships (PPP) have long been used to build and operate infrastructure projects. When it comes to e-government services, such models can enable, first of all, co-investment, and secondly, capitalization on private resources and expertise to guarantee project success. Beyond that, however, the appropriate technical, economic and legal models still need to be adopted in order for governments to exercise the supervision essential to the deployment of public services, and for private players to be guaranteed the profitability needed for projects to enjoy long-term viability.

Read more: Are public-private partnerships a springboard for developing e-government services?

The UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority participated in the International Telecommunications Union’s Forum in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. The forum discussed ideas on hastening innovation in the ICT field, aiming at achieving social and economic development by introducing innovative solutions and exchanging experiences at the global level.

Read more: The TRA’s participation in ITU Telecom World reflects efforts to harness innovation culture

By Femi Oshiga, vice president of Service Providers, Middle East and Africa at CommScope

Mobile service providers in the Middle East have started rolling out 5G wireless services this year, giving subscribers their first glimpse of this new technology. As 5G technology spreads, cities in the region will leverage it to become “smarter”. A smarter city leverages technology to make life healthier and safer for its citizens. As our cities continue to grow at an exponential rate, they must enable smart city applications by investing in and deploying connected infrastructure. City planners are now educating themselves about the future possibilities of – and requirements for – smart city infrastructure, consulting with IoT vendors and network connectivity vendors, and working to develop a plan for the long term.

Read more: Shared infrastructure for smart cities

MEF is pleased to give companies until Thursday, 19 September, to make submissions for the 2019 MEF Awards program, which recognizes service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation on a global basis.

Read more: You still have the chance to make submissions for MEF Awards 2019

Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) met with the senior management of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the eleventh annual CTO Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, held on 8 September 2019 in conjunction with ITU Telecom World, 9-12 September 2019. The meeting brings CTOs together to exchange views on industry needs and related standardization priorities.

Read more: 11th annual CTOs meeting discusses preparations for IMT-2020/5G

The connected car, while still in its early stages, is expected to improve traffic flow and most importantly, consumer safety. However, concerns have been on the rise about the cybersecurity element of these vehicles.

Read more: Connected cars: A golden safety opportunity or a hacker’s playground?

By Charles Yang, President, Huawei Middle East

Information and communications technology (ICT) is rapidly working its way into every industry, just like electricity did over 100 years ago. This has triggered a digital, intelligent transformation – the driving force behind today’s digital economy.

Read more: Huawei: From innovation to invention

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