Global revenue made from telecom services is expected to reach over 1.2 trillion Euros in 2018, says research group Statista. The telecom sector continues to be at the epicenter for growth, innovation, and disruption for virtually any industry, and leading telcos aren’t holding back from the opportunity to capitalize on this growth. The latest example of this is AT&T, the U.S. telecoms heavyweight, and its recently announced $85 billion deal to purchase Time Warner that would create a powerhouse with…
This year's 36th GITEX Technology Week in Dubai hosted the Global Startup Movement, in response to the need for an industry hub for investors, incubators, and accelerators to identify the world's next great startups and support youth empowerment. Dubai's Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened GITEX 2016, which ran for five days from 16-20 October. Huawei Middle East Innovation Day Setting off GITEX 2016 on a high…
Current relations between Russia and the United States are edging dangerously close to the Cold War era, due to stalled efforts to end the conflict in Syria, and a formal accusation of cybercrime. On October 7, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of trying to “interfere” with the American presidential election, and promised to respond at an undisclosed time and place. Adding to the already tense relations between the two nations, a joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security…
AT&T unveiled Project AirGig, a transformative technology from AT&T Labs that could one day deliver low-cost, multi-gigabit wireless internet speeds using power lines. AT&T is deep in the experimentation phase. This technology will be easier to deploy than fiber, can run over license-free spectrum and can deliver ultra-fast wireless connectivity to any home or handheld wireless device. AT&T designed Project AirGig literally from the ground up to be both practical and transformational. Their initial and ongoing testing at AT&T outdoor…
To deliver products and services that people want, businesses must learn to think like them to better understand buyer perception and bridge a relationship with their respective market. The concept of collecting data for analysis has been around for years – capturing data that streams into businesses, and then analyzing the findings to obtain valuable customer information. But only in today’s rapidly evolving realm of big data analytics, we are seeing organizations capitalizing on the ability to tap into millions…
Have you ever wondered why your premium smartphone is dropping a call, or sounds cheap, when back at home it worked really well? It’s due to the weak network, right? Customers still find it more natural to blame the network rather than admit they might have chosen the wrong phone. For this reason, Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) arrives adding a new complication: Can handover between mobile and WiFi networks happen seamlessly and without loss of quality? VoWiFi presents a new…
Nestled in the picturesque hills of Saratoga, California, media analysts from around the world gathered at the Mountain Winery for NetEvents' 2016 Global Press & Analyst Summit which focused on IoT and Cloud Innovation. The event marked a vintage year for NetEvents, which launched in 1996. The thrill of NetEvents is the chance for press to meet with informed visionaries of our time, such as Bob Metcalfe, founder of the Ethernet, who was honored at last year's event. This year's…
Copying ideas is an issue that has caused tech giants to clash in publicly fought patent battles. In 1996, Apple’s founder Steve Jobs famously quoted Picasso who said: “Good artists copy; great artists steal”. That idea seems to have rippled throughout the tech industry – and it particularly applies to one of Apple’s most prominent rivals, Facebook. When it comes to OTTs and the innovative communication tools being introduced by the likes of Snapchat, Facebook has gained a reputation for…
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that internet users have been peppering the search engine with questions about. People want to know how big IoT is really going to get, and what the benefits will be for daily life. As it turns out, IoT isn’t actually new. In fact, tech companies and pundits have been discussing the idea for decades, and the first internet-connected toaster was unveiled at a conference in 1989. So how far will this technological…
Autonomous vehicle technology is evolving rapidly, and cities around the world are embracing the concept with open arms. Dubai recently launched its first driverless bus service, while Singapore has became the first nation in the world to implement driverless taxis. As the world moves forward and adopts technology that no longer involves human interference, carmakers must face the difficult question of how safe their product really is before it’s ready to move people on highways and city streets. The Middle…
The prospect of smart cities is exciting; urban developments with integrated ICT and IoT solutions delivered in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets. These assets include local departments’ information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and so on. In short, smart cities are envisioned to improve quality of life by using technology to improve efficiency and services to meet residents’ needs. But where there’s connectivity, there will be hackers,…
The European Commission (EC) has used an iron fist to come down on corporations that don’t meet its strict competition and tax laws. Google has been relentlessly pursued by the commission for its alleged monopoly abuse, while Apple is the latest and most severely punished victim to date. Apple has been ordered to pay €13 billion to the EU over its ‘sweetheart’ tax arrangement with Ireland. The commission ruled on August 30 that the tax arrangement is illegal. Could the…
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