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In an era where technology is present in our daily routine, security and privacy represent a big question mark. Talking to Security Domain Leader for EMEA region at Oracle, Mr. Marcel Rizcallah, at the 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit, he highlights the importance of a strongly secure database and elaborates more about Oracle’s first autonomous database.


Data Consult has been sharing much of its expertise in technology from all its aspects in the past editions of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit and this year wasn’t much different. Moderating the panel on the role of FTTx deployment in accelerating digital transformation and smart cities, Marc Nader, CEO of Data Consult accorded to the team of Telecom Review a get a quick talk on what distinguished this Summit edition and an overview about the company.


The 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit which was held in Beirut gathered the ICT industry’s leading experts and CxOs, as well as specialized organizations and governmental entities working to reinforce the deployment of new technologies. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was represented by Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, Chief, Study Groups Department, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU who, in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, discussed the importance of financial inclusion and highlighted the Union’s role in the 5G era.

While the whole world agrees that 5G will change the world as we know it, different opinions emerge as to what is really is. Dr. Kamal Shehadi, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Etisalat International said to Telecom Review on the sidelines of the 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ that many are focusing on the technological side of 5G while in fact, it is about a whole ecosystem.


Fintech was one of the main topics discussed at the 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit and a panel of leading industry experts tackled the evolution of the financial sector and how technology revolutionized payment methods. Elie Nasr, Managing partner, FOO who took part in this panel, spoke onsite to Telecom Review. He explained why FOO is a one-of-a-kind company in Lebanon and shared his insights on the Fintech market in the MENA region.


Ayman Jomaa, CEO, Numbase is a regular attendee of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summits and had a remarkable presence at the 12th edition which was held in Beirut, Lebanon. Telecom Review spoke to the CEO onsite to know more about his participation at the summit.


Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Ms. Yan You, Vice President of ZTE Corporation, and General Manager of System Marketing and Solution Department, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The executive spoke to us about how ZTE is helping operators embrace digital transformation and how successful execution of their transformational objectives will enhance product innovation which in turn will improve network agility. In addition to this, she talks about its position on 5G, and how the Chinese vendor can help CSPs transform their operations and networks.


Telecom Review TV managed to secure an exclusive interview with Etisalat International CEO, Hatem Dowidar onsite at the 11th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit.

The dynamic visionary has helped solidify Etisalat’s position as a global leader in the telecommunications ecosystem - and in a forthright interview with us he spoke about Etisalat’s role in 5G, the new technologies that are reshaping our societies and the impact Etisalat Digital has had.

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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.