Not long ago, satellite television was being written off as an outdated medium of consuming content that would not survive the digital age. Orbit Showtime Network - OSN, is a long-standing satellite provider serving the MENA region for almost 25 years. OSN welcomed Patrick Tillieux as chief executive officer just over a year ago. Since his appointment, he has made profound changes to OSN, to which he refers as a “radical evolution” of the company. Tillieux has a much more positive approach towards satellite TV. He believes that there is still potential in the market and intends to continue work on both traditional and digital methods of consuming content.

Read more: OSN’s visionary CEO drives a radical evolution of the company

Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa, the GCC’s only mobile provider with multiple live operations and millions of active customers, has a proven track-record of delivering outstanding mobile experiences to customers across the region. The company operates in the region under two brands: Virgin Mobile and FREiNDi Mobile. Telecom Review sat down with Erik Dudman Nielsen, founder and CEO of Virgin Mobile MEA, to talk about the company’s success in some of the region’s most mature markets and to gain greater insight into what makes their services truly outstanding to their customers.

Read more: Virgin Mobile MEA CEO talks strategy, data and tackling challenges

For more than 140 years, Ericsson has been continuously at the forefront of innovation. The tech giant has been a key player in the MEA region with its outstanding network infrastructure, dependable services and ability to understand and capitalize on the latest industry trends.

Read more: Ekow Nelson reflects on Ericsson’s 5G journey in MEA region

Notes from the Chief Editor

More and more cities are installing surveillance cameras with sophisticated facial recognition software, but we don’t know much about all the collected data. Where is the data stored? Who has access? What is the criteria to use it? Is it in a safe place and in safe hands?

Governments own the data, but what is the role of the software companies, the cameras providers or even the government personnel? And who is controlling the whole process?

Is analyzing every person walking in the streets or in a public area, looking at their face expressions legal or not?

Cities like London deployed hundreds of thousands facial recognition cameras that follow people from one street to another, without proper regulations to protect the privacy and security of this data.

Chinese city Shenzhen is following the same trend, and the number of cameras using FR is increasing enormously. A Chinese friend even told me that in China, they will follow you from the airport to your hotel and in every street you take.

The more advanced the technology, the more we are losing our privacy, starting from the use of the social media to the downloaded apps in our mobiles giving authorization to app developers to access your personal information. And the worst part is that we “accept”, otherwise the app will not work.

Global regulations are urgently needed because our privacy is under threat.
The use of data collected from FR cameras, social media and apps should be protected in every country as the cyber world is now more “populated” than the real one!

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