Active Telecoms catches up with Fuad Siddiqui, Bell Labs Consulting Partner and Global Head of Business Strategy and New Markets, Nokia, to discuss the future vision as laid out in the recently published Bell Labs book titled 'Future X Network'. What is Future X Network all about? As the first book to come out of Bell Labs, what was the inspiration behind the idea? We are at the nexus of a human technological revolution that will be different than any…
The smartphone market is a tough business. It's overcrowded and dominated by two leading brands. BlackBerry was once a leading mobile phone manufacturer, but has lost ground in recent years, even though its most recent device, the Priv, is highly secure, offering consumer's privilege and privacy. Sales for the Priv haven't peaked as highly as anticipated and the company has reached a crossroad. In an exclusive interview, John Chen, chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, opened up about his plans to…
Network Functions Virtualization, NFV, is rapidly moving beyond its infancy. Many large operators are spending significant sums of money trialing NFV based solutions in order to gain knowledge, experience and ultimately speed the incorporation of these lower cost solutions into their networks. Unfortunately the vast majority of small operators must take a wait and see approach to NFV due to vendors focusing primarily on large opportunities and/or the high costs of trialing NFV solutions is prohibitive. Why spend hundreds of…
Ericsson showcased its latest media solutions, paying special attention to the evolution of the cloud and the use of multi-screens at CABSAT 2016 in Dubai, where content owners, TV service providers and broadcasters gathered to discuss the challenges of the TV industry which has resulted in the growth of the cloud, as well as the popularity of multi-screens. Ericsson addressed these challenges by offering simple, yet powerful solutions at its stand during the event by presenting its vision for the…
Samih Elhage, president of Mobile Networks, Nokia, discusses the company's progress through the years including its significant transformation in the industry. In an interview with Active Telecoms, Samih Elhage, president of Mobile Networks, Nokia, talked about the company's progress through the years including its significant transformation in the industry. What has been Nokia's scope of operations for the past years? For the last four years, we have been focusing on mobile networks and services, and we have built a very…
Gina Haspilaire believes that her career is not a matter of trying to fit in, or trying to become what you are not. It’s a matter of doing your best, knowing where you fit and pursuing your goals with passion. Gina is Chief Human Resource Officer of Reliance Communications (Enterprise) and Global Cloud Xchange, responsible for the company’s HR, Corporate Affairs and Facilities management. Ms. Haspilaire joins the company with more than 25 years of experience in general management, global…

Quality, Clarity and Availability: We’re here to Stay

Written on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:29
Sami Boustany, CEO of Yahlive, sat down with Active Telecoms to discuss Yahlive's latest offerings and what's happening in the region. Can you tell me a little bit about what Yahlive is currently doing in the North Africa region? In 2015, Yahlive partnered with Al Sahli Media Group to launch a bouquet of over 40 channels in Arabic and French to the greater Maghreb region. Viewers across Northern Africa have access to the new free to air channels, 20 of…

Committed to leading

Written on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 07:36
Guided by its vision of enriching people's lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential, Ooredoo Kuwait, is a member of international Ooredoo Group and provides mobile, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of customers and businesses. Active Telecoms caught up with Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Thani, CEO and General Manager of Ooredoo Kuwait, to get the latest on the company's achievements, changes…

The intricacies of a world with 5G

Written on Monday, 07 March 2016 08:25
Christian Bartosch, Associate Director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Middle East has rich knowledge of telecom operations having spent close to thirty years in the industry. He worked at Bell Labs during a time when innovative technology such as 3G was being envisioned by Qualcomm. Bartosch then went on to work for both vendors, operators and consulting firms. He now works as a global telecoms expert at BCG, specializing in the Middle East. In the following interview, Bartosch provides…

Nan Chen shared CENX insights at MWC 2016

Written on Monday, 07 March 2016 08:22
Nan Chen is the charismatic co-founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of CENX, one of the leading names in Lifecycle Service Orchestration solutions for Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Nan spoke to Active Telecoms at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, to discuss the history of CENX and where it currently stands as a leader of orchestrated service management and assurance solutions for physical and virtualized networks. Nan Chen is an accomplished man in his industry. He founded…

NexGen: The essential component of Smart Dubai

Written on Monday, 29 February 2016 08:18
Dubai set a goal to become the world's smartest city by 2017. As the leading Middle Eastern business and tourist hub, Dubai is among many cities around the world embracing ambitious smart city goals. We spoke to Ghazi Atallah, managing director at NexGen, the only consultant for the Smart Dubai project, who shared his thoughts on the ambitious strategy. What is your interpretation of a smart city? A smart city is about using technology as an enabler or as a…

Moving to the next level through digital transformation

Written on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:23
In an interview with Active Telecom, Marwan Hayek, chairman and CEO, Alfa talked about the company's remarkable success in 2015 and the future plans and vision for 2016. How can you briefly evaluate the performance of Alfa for 2015? I can say that 2015 was another year that further proved the power of broadband connectivity today, and the huge impact mobile data has on people and their behavior and lifestyle, in all aspects, which requires from us, as operators' continuous…
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