Surging consumer and business demand for mobile content, either at home or on the go, will outpace the ability of service providers to provide it unless investments are accelerated in areas like 5G and the cloud, according to a report by Bell Labs Consulting, a division of Nokia Bell Labs. The report focuses on the future of wireless networking for the new digital era by offering a unique perspective on the intrinsic demand for wireless capacity through 2020. It analyzed…

Make way for smart homes of the future

Written on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:44
Imagine the alarm clock ringing on a typical Monday morning, except this time the curtains draw themselves back, the bathroom lights switch on automatically and you smell fresh coffee brewing. This concept goes as far back as the 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago where the home of the future was unveiled. Since then, the automated home has morphed into the smart home. It can do more than turn on our heating and our lights; in fact, it can actually think…
Forty-two years ago, an engineer at Motorola, Martin Cooper, had the bold idea of wanting people to be able to carry their phones with them anywhere. Sure enough, in April 1973, he became the first individual to make a call on a portable mobile device. The phone weighed more than two pounds back then and it took 10 hours to charge it for a mere 35 minutes of conversation. Today, smartphones are an inevitable part of our existence. They have…
The ICT industry is commonly known to be male-dominated, especially in China. As a woman, Chen Zhiping, Director of Wireless Solutions at ZTE Corporation, has managed to rise up through the ranks of a company surrounded by male counterparts. Chen Zhiping (Summer Chen) is an excellent role model for women who aspire to work in the ICT sector. She is able to balance her young family with a top management position at one of the leading global telecom corporations in…
Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia, booming with potential. By 2013, Indonesia was the world’s third largest telecommunications market in terms of mobile subscribers. The industry has played a vital role in the development of the country’s growing economy. With increased connectivity, other areas of Indonesia’s economy have benefitted, such as banking, financing, software, hospitality and trade. The driving force behind Indonesia’s connectivity growth in the Association of Southeast Nations is Rudiantara, Indonesia’s Minister of Communications and Information,…

Huawei @ Mobile World Congress 2016

Written on Sunday, 17 April 2016 06:35
Huawei has redefined quality ICT services and products, catering to a loyal international customer base, particularly prevalent in the Middle East. Never missing a chance to impress, the leading Chinese ICT solutions provider was one of the most prominent names at Mobile World Congress 2016 held in Barcelona, Spain, in late February. Huawei consistently announced a range of exciting developments throughout the Congress, ranging from multiple MoU signings, 5G predictions, insights about smart cities, to the official launch of the…

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…
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