By An Jian, president of Carrier Networks Business Group, Huawei Middle East

5G is expanding at an exciting pace, creating opportunities for operators and end users alike. In the past, after a new generation of mobile communication technology has been launched, the pace of network deployment is managed step by step by operators, while investment and ROI come mainly from the consumer market. However, 5G is changing things – the differentiated capabilities offered are much more, the projected demand segments are diversified and the business model is redefined. In order to better monetize the available markets, 2C and 2B, a multi-way collaboration model between all stakeholders ought to materialize especially between carriers and vertical industries.

Read more: Making 5G a commercial success

In a first-of-its-kind initiative for the Kingdom, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) launched an open access agreement between all six telecommunications companies, guaranteeing the provision of broadband services through any subscriber-selected service provider, independent of infrastructure ownership. 

Read more: First-of-its-kind open access initiative launched in KSA

The internet of things (IoT) comprises of the billions of connected devices embedded in our homes, offices and cities, which are constantly collecting, analyzing and transmitting data. Some IoT devices, such as fitness trackers, are present with us everywhere we go. Others we interact with remotely, such as a smart thermostat system. Many are also invisible, operating to modulate traffic flows, industrial control systems and much more.

Read more: IoT: Internet of threats?

By Arnaud Comerzan, Senior Manager Regulatory and Frederic Doucet, Senior Manager, Sofrecom

For many years, mobile operators have built their marketing primarily around network-related statements: coverage, performance and quality of service. Owning and being the exclusive users of their infrastructures was thus enough to protect them to a large extent from competition, as such assets were then considered to be highly strategic.

Read more: Financing 5G investments by deriving value from other assets

Etisalat Group has announced its consolidated financial statements for the year ending December 31 2019. According to the report, twelve month consolidated revenues reached to AED 52.2 billion, while consolidated net profit after Federal Royalty for the twelve month amounted to AED 8.7 billion, an increase of 1% compared to same period last year.

Read more: Etisalat Group sees net profit grow to AED 8.7 billion

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