The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is among the leading nations in the Arab world when it comes to 5G. In fact, Saudi operators have already announced the launching of the service end of June. For the fifth generation network to be activated, four global vendors are developing the adequate infrastructure.

Read more: Four global vendors are laying the foundation for 5G in KSA

Prominent government leaders and business executives from across the region recently came together at the Huawei Day Lebanon 2019 held at the Seaside Pavilion in Beirut to identify ways of accelerating the country’s move towards a new digital era. The two-day conference included a series of panels and workshops focused on how to address the transformation of industry today, leveraging innovative technologies to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully-connected intelligent world.

Read more: Huawei Day Lebanon 2019 explores AI and 5G as drivers for a digital future

Following the successful launch of the first 5G commercial device in the UAE, Etisalat and Huawei today unveiled Huawei's first commercial 5G-enabled smartphone HUAWEI Mate 20 X (5G) at Etisalat’s ultra-modern Open Innovation Centre in Dubai in the presence of Etisalat and Huawei senior management and the media.

Read more: Etisalat and Huawei unveil HUAWEI Mate 20 X 5G device

By Charles Yang, president, Huawei Middle East

Today’s artificial intelligence (AI) advancements are an important part of the world’s wider digital transformation journey. Those of us in the ICT industry have been championing the benefits of AI for some time now, and many organizations in the Middle East now realize these benefits and are starting to embrace the AI movement as a real game changer.

Read more: Opening the doors to industrial AI

MEF is pleased to announce two major developments related to MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata APIs. MEF launched the pilot MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata certification program for inter-provider service automation, with an initial focus on automating ordering of MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet Access E-Line services. Simultaneously, MEF introduced LSO Sonata SDK (Software Development Kit) Release 3 with APIs for inter-provider serviceability, product inventory, quoting, and ordering. Together, these important steps will accelerate implementation of standardized LSO Sonata APIs worldwide, driving frictionless inter-provider business processes and faster service delivery across the service provider community. 

Read more: MEF launches the pilot MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata certification program

As Facebook owns WhatsApp, it has started recently sending verification codes for new users’ registration through WhatsApp instead of sending them through the usual SMS. This step will cause huge revenue losses to mobile operators and will place Facebook into serious and direct competition with mobile operators.

Read more: Facebook carries on its war on mobile operators

Artificial intelligence, the ubiquitous buzzword that keeps seeping into our everyday conversations and across several industries, carries with it the promise for a better life. It brings about a promise for bettering our lives as individuals, citizens, customers, students and most interestingly of all, as patients.

Read more: AI and the promise of better healthcare

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