Huawei and Ooredoo join to bring 4K TV to Qatar

Written on Sunday, 17 April 2016 06:32
TV has come a long way since the dark days of black and white. Today, there is a host of new TV quality improvements to note, and there are likely to be more on the way. But at this stage, no other TV advancement outweighs 4K high resolution TV, and this time it’s not just for the tech-minded early adopter market. For example, in Qatar, Ooredoo recently introduced 4K entertainment to Ooredoo TV with the support of Huawei, whose technology…
Ericsson recently released its special Mobile World Congress 2016 Mobility Report, revealing intriguing evidence suggesting that poor network performance increases smartphone a user’s heart rate and stress levels. Ericsson’s research further reports that smartphone users share more online than ever before, and that 68 million mobile subscriptions were added during the last quarter of 2015, 21 million of which were in India. Rafiah Ibrahim, president of Ericsson Middle East & Africa, offered her insights. Ericsson never fails to inspire the…
In 2015, UAE telecom operator du announced that it had successfully trialed a new connection technology that could offer download speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second by means of a simple LED light bulb – a process called Light Fidelity (LiFi). The successful LiFi trial was only possible thanks to du’s partnership with Zero.1, a Dubai-based company with ambitions to bring LiFi technology to the UAE. Due to the success of the LiFi trial with du, Zero.1 recently…
Awasr stands as the first specialized broadband internet provider in the Sultanate of Oman. The company offers superior customer care and is dedicated to delivering high quality broadband services to the people of Oman, with a mission to "help customers unlock the power and enjoyment of the internet." Awasr recently launched its services in regions previously untouched by high speed internet, with plans to expand to the rest of Muscat and other areas throughout the Sultanate. Awasr is Oman's first…
During a recent presentation in Dubai, Paul Lee, Global Director for Deloitte Research, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, presented the company's 2016 TMT predictions with specific relevance to the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region for its fourth year. Deloitte supplies industry insights based on deep analysis, built around meetings with industry experts and field executives, as well as Deloitte's proprietary programs of research with tens of thousands of consumers worldwide. Global TMT predictions focused this year on virtual reality,…
Founded in 2014 with inherent entrepreneurial spirit and ambitions, Finland-based NxtVn is currently promoting its multi-tenant, open access, carrier neutral Data Center Parks. These parks will serve as a natural habitat for data center players, where they can build, operate and grow their business in a reliable, scalable, and secure environment. NxtVn founder and CEO, Khaled Sedrak, discusses the endless opportunities that multi-tenant data center parks could bring to the business realm. First and foremost, NxtVn is not a data…

India’s ambitious smart city reformation

Written on Thursday, 07 April 2016 08:00
In January 2016, India announced its list of 20 smart cities from a shortlist of 98 for the Smart Cities Mission; an urban renewal and retrofitting program developed by the Government of India. The final 20 cities will be the first to receive funds in order to kick-start the process of developing them into 'smart cities'. It is an ambitious project, driven by the vision of India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. India's urban renewable and retrofitting program, dubbed "Smart Cities…

Getting Connected in Lesser Developed Countries

Written on Friday, 01 April 2016 06:48
No new service has spread so epidemically throughout the world's population as mobile telephony, and although mobile communications began in richer, more advanced economies, its potential for change in developing countries is even greater. Poorer countries typically lack the funds to build fixed networks outside metropolitan areas, and their economic performance will hinge upon wireless technologies to a much greater degree. According to Ericsson's report from 2014, "Technology for good", an estimated 2.5 billion people remain unconnected to mobile devices,…
Southern Cross President & CEO, Anthony Briscoe, commented, “Following on from our successes in 2015, we continue to assess our network and service offerings to determine better ways to provide our customers with access to major data centers, resiliency and self-healing, and to satisfy the increasing demand of cloud and web based services.” With the growing demand for services such as Lightbox, Vimeo, Netflix, AWS and Azure, the need is not just about capacity but about scalability and flexibility to…

Evolution of the Connection

Written on Friday, 01 April 2016 06:26
Past predictions forecasted technology to take over our lives, and the best way to counter it would be to understand this science so well that it would not dominate humanity. This prediction reached the telecommunications industry, which has been speedily connecting both machines and humankind. The future is in mobile broadband. By the end of this year, there will be almost 386 million LTE connections around the world, and by 2020, this number will leap to over 2.3 billion. This…

How to cope with the challenge of web attacks

Written on Friday, 01 April 2016 06:20
Websites represent the brand image of a business and are often the first and only place customers come into contact with a company. As such, they need to provide users with assurance that they are secure and resistant against threats that can lead to identity theft, loss of personal information, credit card hacking or the spread of botnet infection. Sites should be able to repel attacks that can cause slow-downs or even a complete crash. Unfortunately many businesses, especially smaller…

Breaking down the potential of IoT

Written on Friday, 01 April 2016 06:14
A globe-spanning network for the Internet of Things (IoT) has been built over the past 20 years that provides the coverage, security and reliability needed to connect us and bring intelligence to the things that surround us. Cellular networks already cover 90 percent of the world's population, but even with the networks in place, a number of roadblocks to supporting mass-market adoption of IoT have remained. That's why Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is addressing these challenges with a targeted new suite…
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