Telecom Review: Middle East Unites in the First Year of 5G-A

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--()--A panel of industry experts, technology providers, and regulatory bodies, joined hands to announce 2024 as the first year of the 5G-Advanced (5G-A) era in the Middle East at the 17th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit.

Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom Review Group, opened the panel by emphasizing the significance of the Middle East's first year of 5G-A deployment. Then, in unity, the panelists shed light on the transformative potential of 5G-A in various sectors, and the ground-breaking initiatives that have set the stage for the 5G-A revolution.

Dr. Mahmoud R. Sherif, Head of Innovation & Technico Business Development at du, mentioned that the industry “promised too much in advertising 5G in the beginning,” but with 5G-A, the capabilities are being realized.

Tang Zhentian, President of Huawei Middle East and Central Asia Region Marketing & Solution Sales Department, shared insights into Huawei's contributions to the region's 5G development and its commitment to driving innovation. Noman Waheed, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Middle East at Nokia, also underscored the vital role of collaborations and partnerships with telecom operators in the expansion of 5G services.

Also joining the panel, Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, Deputy to the Director and Chief of Telecommunication Standardization Policy Department at ITU, discussed the organizational and policy challenges, which are being addressed to maximize the benefits of 5G-A.

Khaled Al Suwaidi, Sr. Vice President/Core Network & Platforms at etisalat by e&, emphasized the importance of innovation and infrastructure. In a related context, Chafic Traboulsi, Vice President & Head of Networks at Ericsson Middle East, underscored the sustainability aspects facilitated by 5G-A.

Moreover, Günther Ottendorfer, Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO) of Ooredoo Qatar, delved into the transformative effects of 5G-A on network capabilities, whereas Stelios Savvides, CTO of Vodafone Oman, highlighted the importance of network infrastructure upgrades to support the demands of 5G-A and drive better customer experience.

As part of this panel, an initiation ceremony showing the solidarity among the telecom industry players also commenced on stage.

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