Corporate data is becoming what oil is to Saudi Arabia, says Clear Peak analyst Brad Cowdrey – outrageously profitable. There is so much valuable data available to corporations today, he says, and its potential uses are “proliferating so rapidly” that not using it would be “negligent”. But the dominance of tech giants that rule the data world has prompted calls for them to be broken up, the same way Standard Oil was in the early 20th century, over antitrust concerns.…

Egypt’s digital development strategy takes shape

Written on Thursday, 25 May 2017 08:05
In September 1999 a national project for a technological renaissance was announced in Egypt reflecting the commitment of the government to developing the country's IT sector. That commitment is reflected today by the introduction of 4G services, the nation’s pledge to improve ICT education, and its vision for a more digital and sustainable future. With over 92 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa and the Arab world which represents its influence and strategic importance in…
The 5G race in Asia is underway, with the region’s powerhouses, Japan and South Korea, going head-to-head. Both countries have major international sports showcases coming up, giving local telcos the chance to flex their muscles. South Korean providers are working towards early deployment of 5G for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018; while Japanese providers have the opportunity to showcase full-fledged 5G at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The Olympic Games have long played host to some of the…
One of the greatest threats to jobs around the world is automation - smart factories of the future. Germany’s ‘Industry 4.0’ initiative promotes the computerization of traditional industries such as manufacturing, as do many government initiatives around the world. While some praise the idea of “intelligent manufacturing”, tech leaders have spoken out in support of a universal basic income (UBI) to avoid technology companies being perceived as job destroyers. In 1962, the first industrial robot made its debut as ‘Unimate’…
Under the patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri, represented by the Minister of Telecommunications of Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Jamal Jarrah, the 8th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit co-hosted by Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom, was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut on the 20th of April. The event put a spotlight on Lebanon and the role that technology can play in revamping a nation full of potential. Telecom and ICT…

4.5G, 4.9G and 5G: What’s the difference?

Written on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:03
The potential of 5G, which is expected to launch commercially in 2020, has telecom operators eager to adapt in order to implement the technology early on. But progressing from 4G to 5G isn’t necessarily straight forward. 4.5G and 4.9G – the generation’s between 4G and 5G – are now common terms in the wireless industry, designed to establish a smooth path to 5G for operators, explains Kai Sahala, head of Radio Access Marketing at Nokia. 4G won’t just fade away…

Just how secure is end-to-end encrypted messaging?

Written on Sunday, 02 April 2017 12:34
Facebook-owned application WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encrypted messaging last year, and while it was received well by the general public, security implications have made it a difficult ride for the company. In January, a report revealed vulnerabilities in the messaging service that could allow Facebook and others to intercept and read WhatsApp messages. Experts are now calling into question the security of encrypted messaging services. WhatsApp introduced full encryption for its services in March 2016 as a means of ensuring that…

Samsung trumps Apple; Huawei gains in GCC smartphone market

Written on Thursday, 30 March 2017 05:48
Huawei’s ambition to topple its rivals in the premium smartphone market is no secret. Since 2011, the global smartphone market has been dominated by Apple and Samsung. The elusive third-best spot, meanwhile, has changed hands over the years, but now Huawei firmly holds the position. In the GCC, Huawei experienced an increase in smartphone sales last year, but still trails behind the top two overall. Apple and Samsung have never had a viable contender to loosen their grip on the…
Broadband is the “most important technology” today because of the transformation to society that it can bring, said Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Ericsson’s SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, at the launch of Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report at MWC 2017. Using the UN SDGs as a framework, the report highlights how the telecommunications industry can positively evolve through use of responsible business practices, reducing energy consumption through 5G, and providing internet for all. “At Ericsson, we start with our commitment to…

How big data’s disrupting traditional business valuation

Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 08:36
How much is big data really worth? That's the question analysts have been tackling – some suggest big data is becoming more dominant in determining the valuation of a company. There's been a shift in the way organizations are valued, from those that own tangible assets to those that were built on big data, like Facebook and Uber. Those in the business of valuing corporate investments will increasingly be forced to "consider a company's wealth of information in properly valuing…
NuVu, an Ericsson entity, is the first online streaming platform that provides 'off-peak' video downloading for operators in emerging markets where streaming is slow and expensive. It's the first time Ericsson has licensed content, says Stephan Riome, Ericsson's Global Head of Programming Acquisitions & Marketing Broadcast and Media Services, to provide a video subscription on demand service for operators to compete against the likes of Netflix. Ericsson announced the launch of its first end-to-end subscription video-on-demand content service, NuVu, at…
Mobile World Congress, the world's annual gathering for the mobile industry, was held in Barcelona this year from 27 February to 2 March. As the most anticipated event of the year for the industry, thousands of people come to Spain's Mobile Capital to meet and greet industry experts, witness the latest mobile and technology announcements and trends in the sector, and to find out what the next year's technologies will be. This year's MWC event saw plenty of exciting releases,…
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