Atos has renewed its contract with du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), to strengthen their long-standing collaboration dating back to 2012 and accelerate du’s digital objectives in the areas of application modernization and digitalization.

Read more: Atos to support du’s vision of becoming a digital powerhouse

By Maria Gabriella Macra, senior consulting manager, Sofrecom

The launching of 5G raises the topic of the digital gap/divide between developed and emerging countries, and between rural and urban areas within developed countries. Although theoretically, technology can fill this gap by eliminating the costs of building “buried” broadband access networks (fiber), the reality of backhauling needs shows that the difference in costs, at least in the short term, is not so significant. Verizon, which has already replaced the deployment of fiber optics in favor of fixed 5G network, has greatly reduced its ambitions, even though the target clientele was wealthy groups in residential areas of American cities.

Read more: Will 5G exacerbate the digital gap/divide?

Digital transformation is at the core of Etisalat’s strategy and encompasses a broad spectrum of initiatives, including new cloud-based products and services, the enhancement and development of its digital channels and the transformation and automation of internal as well as customer-facing processes through the adoption of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) or AI-driven platforms. Digital channels such as mobile apps, websites or customer portals will continue to play a major role in both distribution channels and the maintenance of our brand relevance.

Read more: Etisalat Group: Digital transformation is at the core of ‘customer excellence’ and a ‘sustainable...

The constant and rapid technological evolution has put forth trends and concepts that now make the telecom and ICT industry quite a diverse and developed sector. Open radio access network, known as Open RAN, is one of the trends that has been shaping the industry. Leading telecom brands and experts are mobilized to further develop this network architecture, however different points of view exist regarding some of its controversial aspects.

Read more: A new approach to Open RAN: Security concerns prevail

Delivering a keynote speech during the opening ceremony of Huawei’s largest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan, China, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, congratulated Huawei on the opening of the center.

Read more: UAE’s cybersecurity head lauds Huawei’s opening of cybersecurity and privacy protection center

The annual Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit will be back in its 15th edition on December 8th at Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, UAE. The Summit will be both physical and virtual which will allow panelists to join the panel discussions in Dubai from anywhere in the world and anyone will be able to virtually participate.

Read more: Save the date for the 15th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit

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