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Etisalat has proven its leadership in 5G over the past 2 years through numerous milestones that it has achieved ever since it launched 5G commercially in May 2018. At GITEX 2020, Etisalat demonstrated cutting-edge use cases functioning over its 5G network. In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, Saeed Al Zarooni, senior vice president - mobile network, Etisalat talked about the operator’s 5G journey thus far and what goals Etisalat aims to achieve in 2021.


As always, Etisalat had a very strong presence at GITEX, bringing some of the world’s most unique, specific and impressive technologies and use cases to light for people to see and experience for themselves. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Khalifa Al Shamsi, Group Chief Strategy and Corporate Governance at Etisalat, to discuss the telco’s presence at the exhibit, how they weathered the storm of COVID-19 and the evolving and fast-growing role of 5G.


At GITEX this year, Huawei invested a great deal in expanding their presence compared to its participating in the event’s previous editions. The vendor played a critical role in the region’s transition towards the ‘new normal’. With distance learning and remote working on the rise, Huawei Cloud seems to have consolidated its impressive position within the market. A Telecom Review journalist sat down with Omar Akar, Huawei’s Vice President and Managing Director of new Cloud and AI Business Group in the Middle East, to discuss the role Huawei Cloud played throughout the pandemic and some of the strategic partnerships that they leveraged to ease the region’s transition into the ‘new normal’.


Related participated in the 14th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit held at The Meydan Hotel in Dubai on November 18th 2020. Rabih Farhat, Founder and Managing Partner at Related delivered a presentation before moderating the digital transformation panel. After the panel, Telecom Review managed to secure an interview with Farhat to find out more on how Related is helping telcos to improve their customer relationships using cutting-edge technologies and insights.


MYCOM OSI’s CTO and President, Mounir Ladki, participated at the 14th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit held at The Meydan Hotel on November 18th 2020. Telecom Review sat down with Ladki at the event to talk about the role of service assurance in monetizing 5G.


Elias Saab, Chief Commercial Officer at Sofrecom, moderated a panel at Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit. After the panel discussion, Telecom Review caught up Saab who says that COVID-19 has highlighted the social responsibility of the telecom industry and the importance of moving from digital-first to human-centric strategies.


Telecom Review secured an exclusive interview with Dmitry Okorokov, CEO of InfiNet Wireless to discuss the company’s participation at GITEX Technology Week 2020, its mission to provide new wireless solutions for the region and lessons learnt during the pandemic.

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Summit Sessions


Mr. Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom REVIEW & CEO of Trace Media delivering the welcome note that officially inaugurates the 14th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit.


H.E. Eng. Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General for the Telecommunication Sector, TRA UAE gives the official opening keynote.


A visionary debate between Khalifa Al Shamsi, Chief Strategy & Corporate Governance Officer, Etisalat Group and Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA.


Frederic Schepens, CEO, MTN GlobalConnect delivers a keynote at the 14th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit.


An Jian, President of Carrier Network Business Group, Huawei Middle East gives a keynote at the 14th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit.


The panel discusses the future of the telecoms industry and the role of ICT leaders.


Ahmed Mekky, Chairman and CEO, Benya Group delivers a keynote at the 14th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit.


The panel gives an update on the status of 5G in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected also spectrum allocation activities.