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MIDDLE EAST

Charles Yang

President - Huawei ME

November 2015

ME leadership

plays an important

role in GSMA

CEO - GSMA

Investment in our

mobile network

will never end

CCO - du

The next phase

for content

delivery

MD - EVVO Media


What is mobile?

Is it the latest communications device? The health monitor

on our wrist? The key to our digital security? Is it the

means to connect the unconnected or is it the screen that

entertains us? Mobile is all of this. But it's also so much

more. Mobile powers our lives. It’s an extension of who

we are. Mobile is connectivity. Mobile is identity. Mobile

is commerce. Mobile is inclusive. There is no clearer way to

say it. Everything is mobile, but more importantly:

Mobile Is Everything. See the phenomenon for yourself

in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2016.

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Thomas W. Wilson

Sr. Strategic Advisor

Gary O’Neal

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Huawei’s Mobile Broadband 2020 Strategy

Outlines Plans for Next Five Years

Etisalat signs multiple agreements

at GITEX Technology Week 2015

Ahmad Julfar CEO Etisalat Group speaks at the

GSMA Mobile 360 ME Conference

STC signs agreements to boost innovation

4.5G must support IoT

Chaobin Yang, CMO, Huawei Wireless

Transferring Electronical Knowledge

Dr. Michael Knieling, Director, Brick’R’knowledge

du partners with Omantel to provide

its IPTV services

Building networks and platforms

for a connected Middle East

Charles Yang, President, Huawei ME

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Inmarsat welcomes President Xi Jinping

of the People’s Republic of China to London HQ

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Intelsat and JSAT to bring High Throughput

capacity to Asia Pacific

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Eutelsat steps up African broadband plans with

new-generation High Throughput Satellite

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Rodolphe Belmer to succeed Michel de Rosen

as CEO of Eutelsat Communications

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Global satellite industry unites as Myanmar

edges closer to “Satellite Sovereignty”

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H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed visited

Etisalat pavillian GITEX Technology Week 2015

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H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed visited du’s

stand in GITEX Technology Week

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Huawei celebrates 15 years in the Middle East

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GSMA announced further development

for Mobile World Congress 2016

ITU Telecom World 2015 accelerates global ICT

innovation to help improve lives

Cross border tracking made simple

Dr. Walid Moneimne,

CEO & Founding Partner, Aspenta

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Binge On: Free streaming – No data charges

John Legere, Chief Executive Officer,

T-Mobile

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The story of investment in our mobile

network will never end

Fahad Abdulrahman Al Hassawi, CCO, du

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To inspire is to empower

Nasser A. Alsaadon, General Manager,

Business Development, STC

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The Middle East plays an extremely

important role in our governance

John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd.

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The next phase for content delivery

Jack Wong, Managing Director,

EVVO Media

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November 2015


Letter to Readers

Dear Reader

Welcome to the latest edition of

Teletimes International.

I would like to congratulate Huawei

Middle East on successfully completing

15 years in the Middle East. Huawei’s

efforts during its journey in the Middle

East has led to many of the benefits

that people can now enjoy in the Middle

East. The company’s efforts in the

development of networks and platforms

is commendable and has led to some of

the most robust, advanced networks

around the world. The occasion was

celebrated with due appreciation at a

gathering of senior regional executives,

a report of which is available for your

interest in this edition of Teletimes.

Celebrating this occasion with Huawei,

Teletimes also brings to you an exclusive

interview with Charles Yang, President

Huawei Middle East, who talks about the

ME journey and future plans.

The Middle East is home to definitely

some of the best leadership around

the ICT world. In fact, John Hoffman

from GSMA believes “Stellar” would be

the right word. John recently gave an

exclusive interview to Teletimes which

is included in this edition of Teletimes.

The interview should give you some

overview of GSMA’s activities in the

Middle East and what to expect from

the upcoming MWC, Barcelona ’16 next

year.

The ability to rapidly innovate and

progress is critical to the growth of any

country as part of our globalized and

highly competitive ICT ecosystem. It is

critical for the growth of enterprises and

for the growth of individuals that reside

within. Innovative ICT-enabled solutions

can make long-lasting socio-economic

impacts on national, regional and

global levels and act as a fundamental

source for new jobs and investment.

The ITU Telecom World, Budapest 2016

concluded with a lot of positive dialogue

on the subject and Teletimes has

continued to play its part in promoting

the idea and promoting the right type of

technologies.

The subject also brings my attention

to STC’s recent initiative, the InspireU

program – which is the Saudi Kingdom’s

first incubator aimed at promoting

digital and ICT innovation in the

MENA region. Such initiatives deserve

appreciation and should encourage

other organizations to start such

initiatives of their own. You will find a

detailed interview on STC’s InspireU

program in this edition and also a report

on the ITU Telecom World ’16.

This edition of Teletimes will give you

some other very interesting reads as

well. Fahad AlHassawi, CCO, du believes

that the story of investment into du’s

mobile network will never end and you

can read all about it in his interview

later in this edition. Investments into

ICT are all about the IoT space that is

developing and expanding all around

us. Teletimes recently got a chance to

interview industry veteran Dr. Walid

Moneimne, the CEO and Founding

Partner of Aspenta, who’s IoT solution

“Vectu” is one of the most advanced

and affordable location tracking IoT

devices available around the world. You

will find his interview about Aspenta and

Vectu later in this edition as well.

As per routine, this edition includes

the latest updates on all key industry

players such as Etisalat and STC, who

in fact have recently signed multiple

agreements to enhance their services

at the recently concluding GITEX

Technology Week, Dubai.

Please enjoy reading this edition of

Teletimes International and your

feedback is always welcome on

info@teletimesinternational.com

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Huawei’s Mobile Broadband 2020 Strategy

Outlines Plans for Next Five Years

Hong Kong - Teletimes Report

Huawei announced its “MBB 2020

Strategy” on the opening day of

the 2015 Global Mobile Broadband

Forum, outlining a new mobile

broadband blueprint for the next

five years.

Ken Hu, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman

and Rotating CEO, delivered a

speech at the 2015 Global Mobile

Broadband Forum.

“From now until 2020, we have three

main targets: supporting 6.7 billion

mobile broadband users, supporting

a 1Gbps access rate, and

supporting 1 billion connections for

the cellular Internet of Things,” said

Ken Hu, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman

and Rotating CEO.

“Achieving these goals will require

technology and business model

innovation, as well as cross-industry

collaboration.

Huawei’s mobile broadband

strategy will focus on spectrum, air

interface, network architecture,

integrated base stations, and

operations based on user

experience.” He continued,

“Connecting people remains a top

priority, so both quantity and quality

matter.

The network is the foundation of user

experience, but as we focus on the

network, we must, at the same time,

focus on the user. And in focusing

on network performance, we

must also keep in mind how users

experience the network.”

Hu went on, “We are entering the

era of the Internet of Things.

This means huge opportunities

for the entire mobile

telecommunications industry.

To realize this IoT vision, we must

develop and unify cross-industry

standards, contain costs, and

promote cooperation among

different stakeholders. These three

factors will help drive growth in this

market.”

The 2015 Global Mobile Broadband

Forum is jointly hosted by Huawei

and the GSMA. This year it has

attracted more than 1,000

distinguished guests, 200 of whom

are C-level executives. Participants

include mobile operators, industry

partners and media representatives.

Guests discussed issues related

to building a better connected

world, such as how to broaden the

MBB pipe using 4.5G solutions, and

how to take advantage of more

powerful pipe capability to explore

new industry opportunities.

During the Forum, 25 speakers

from GSMA, CMCC, Telefonica,

Vodafone, Orange, Telecom Italia,

SoftBank, Google, BOSCH, and

others gave presentations.

At the 2015 Global MBB Forum

exhibition area along with Huawei,

industry partners such as SAIC

Motor, BOSCH, Facebook, and

Parrot jointly demonstrated new

enabling technologies and new

business applications.

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HKT and Huawei demonstrate world-first

4.5G 1Gbps network

Hong Kong - Teletimes Report

HKT and Huawei have successfully

demonstrated the world’s first 4.5G

(4.5th generation) 1Gbps (Gigabit

per second) mobile network at the

Global Mobile Broadband Forum

2015 in Hong Kong, continuing to

lead the evolution of the 4G LTE

standard.

With hundreds of guests witnessing

peak download speed of as high

as 1.2Gbps, the two partners have

delivered the fastest network

specification in the world. This is a

significant milestone towards the

commercial availability of 4.5G,

which is expected to be as early as

2016.

Mr. Alex Arena, Group Managing

Director of HKT, and Ken Hu

(R), Rotating CEO and Deputy

Chairman of the Board of Huawei,

demonstrated the world’s first 4.5G

1Gbps mobile network in Hong Kong

at Global Mobile Broadband Forum.

In partnership with Huawei, HKT

launched Hong Kong’s first two

component carrier (2CC) carrier

aggregation (CA) network in 2014,

offering single-user peak download

speed of 300Mbps. Earlier this year,

HKT and Huawei demonstrated

the world’s first IP-RAN based 3CC

CA with a single-user peak rate

of 450Mbps. This demonstration

introduces a world-first 4CC CA

network, with a peak download

speed that is 2.6 times faster than the

3CC CA network record to mark the

arrival of the 4.5G era.

Alex Arena, Group MD of HKT, said,

“HKT strives to continuously advance

its technologies in order to provide

the ultimate user experience.

Harnessing the latest 4.5G 1Gbps

innovations from Huawei and the

strength of our extensive fiber-rich

network, we are proud to set a

new benchmark for global mobile

broadband and let this year’s Global

Mobile Broadband Forum attendees

experience the world’s fastest

network in Hong Kong.”

Ken Hu, Rotating CEO and Deputy

Chairman of the Board of Huawei,

said, “Today we are marking the

beginning of the 4.5G era of wireless

communications, with 1Gbps as the

new mobile broadband network rate

benchmark. As the strategic partner

of the world’s leading telecom

operators, Huawei will continue

to help them build the innovative

wireless networks that will expand

their business and make our world

more connected.”

With the introduction of 4.5G LTE

technology, operators will be able

to improve the user experience and

support the proliferation of machineto-machine

(M2M) communications

and the Internet of Things, as well as

new mobile Internet applications,

such as those using virtual reality

glasses and drone technology. As

one of the most developed cities

in the world, Hong Kong is at the

forefront of wireless communications

technology adoption. Its mobile

penetration rate is over 220% and

wireless data services have grown

eight-fold in the past five years.

November 2015

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NEWS

Binge On: Free streaming – No data charges

In a series of bold moves, this is perhaps the most riskiest

and the most disruptive by John Legere

T-Mobile will now let

customers stream

video from services

like Netflix, Hulu, and

HBO Go without having

it count toward their

mobile data plans

T-Mobile will now let customers

stream video from services like

Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go without

having it count towards their

mobile data plans, the company

announced at its 10th Uncarrier

event in Los Angeles. The plan,

called Binge On, builds on the

company’s Music Freedom initiative,

which broke out music streaming

services like Spotify and Apple Music

from customers’ data plans starting

last year.

The company’s new “Binge On”

program, unveiled recently, will

let customers stream videos from

Netflix, HBO Go and more than 20

other services. T-Mobile will work to

add more streaming services over

time.

The video is optimized at a lower

quality so it won’t use unnecessary

data, CEO John Legere said at the

company’s Uncarrier X event. He

added that the service is a free

addition for T-Mobile customers

on the higher-end 3GB data tier.

Customers on the 1GB plan won’t

get unlimited video viewing, but

they’ll get access to the optimized

stream, which should give them

three times as many videos as

normal. Binge On goes into effect

Sunday.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere says

Binge On should help his company

claim more customers from rivals

AT&T and Verizon, which lead

T-Mobile in US subscribers. “Most

of the carriers in the US don’t even

want to be in this business, but

they’re stuck,” Legere said. “There’s

one way they can get out: hand

us their customers one at a time.”

T-Mobile has added 1 million net

subscribers for the last 10 quarters

thanks to its aggressive schemes,

which helped wean the US telecom

industry off two-year contracts.

This latest of T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier”

moves, which are designed to

shake up the industry, eliminates

one of the most pressing issues for

customers with a limited allocation

of data. The biggest culprit for

data usage is video, the streaming

of which is projected to rise 400

percent by 2020. An hour of video a

day would bring the monthly total to

14 gigabytes of data, way past the

standard plan of 5GB a month.

The technology that lets T-Mobile

optimize its video, which can

identify that the data is video and

treat it accordingly, is proprietary to

the company, Legere said.

Editor’s comments:

In a series of bold moves, this is

perhaps the most riskiest and the

most disruptive by John Legere. The

initiative is likely to re-shape business

models for operators around the

world as they compete for lower

prices in a data hungry market.

10 November 2015


REPORT

H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed visited

Etisalat pavillian GITEX Technology Week 2015

His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

visited GITEX Technology Week 2015

on 21st October at the Dubai World

Trade Centre. First, His Highness

visited Etisalat Pavillian where he was

received by Mr. Saleh Al Abdooli,

Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat

UAE and was briefed on the latest

achievements of the company.

Letter on H.H. Sheikh Mansoor toured

through the exhibition and saw the

latest technology products and

solutions provided by major global,

regional, and local government

agencies and private sector

companies.

The 35th edition of GITEX Technology

Week has welcomed more than

130,000 visitors from over 150

countries, and more than 3,600

exhibiting brands, and over 62

participating countries.

Launched in 1981, GITEX is the ICT

business gateway to the Middle East,

North Africa and South Asia Region.

Focused on providing exhibitors with

high ROI through direct business

opportunities with decision makers,

GITEX has maintained its position as

the industry’s trend setting authority.

November 2015

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INTERVIEW

The Middle East

plays an extremely

important role in

our governance and

leadership

John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd.

Interview - Gulraiz Khalid

Gulraiz Khalid: How has the GSMA

‘Mobile 360 - Middle East’ developed

over the years and how do you feel

about partnering with GITEX?

John Hoffman: Our ‘Mobile 360

– Middle East’ event has grown

significantly over the past couple

of years and has become a much

stronger event. We wanted to come

and participate in the region and

we came to the conclusion that we

might want to partner with GITEX in

order to help us do that. It did take us

a while to come to this decision but

we are glad we did.

GITEX attracts the entire ecosystem

and what we attract is a subset of

this ecosystem - smaller in number,

but targeting only highly senior

executives. We have never been

about numbers at our events; it’s

always been about “how do we

bring together the senior decision

makers from our ecosystem together

to discuss today, tomorrow, the

future, and what works and what

doesn’t ?”

GK: How important is the Middle

East’s role within GSMA?

JH: GSMA has strong representation

from the Middle East on both the

GSMA Board and on the executive

committee. The region plays an

extremely important role in both our

governance and our leadership,

which I think is not only a tribute to

the importance of the region but

also a tribute to the region’s global

leadership role.

We have in this region, and

especially in this part of the region

[the UAE], some really stellar industry

leadership. Industry leaders in this

region are globally respected and

sought after for their opinions and

views. I think their participation in

our events and meetings has great

benefits.

The Middle East was maybe not fully

recognized for its role some years

ago, but I think now the rest of the

world has come to appreciate not

only the innovation that takes place

here, but also the strong business

acumen that has developed in this

region and the visionary leadership

that exists over here.

GK: Would you like to comment on

the region’s progress in terms of the

Smart City and the Internet of Things?

JH: When it comes to Smart Cities,

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there are some standout global

leaders and the UAE is definitely one

of them. IoT is definitely going to

have a big impact on our lives and

our business models in the coming

years. In his address at ‘Mobile 360

– Middle East’ this year, IBM’s Bob

Fox noted that we are still in the

very early stages of IoT and I believe

that myself. ‘Things’ are starting

to get connected today, and the

number should substantially grow

in the coming years and things will

look a lot different, and a lot more

‘connected’, by 2020.

The Middle East is definitely one of

the global leaders in Smart Cities and

IoT and we will see a lot of progress

in the coming years, driven by the

huge amounts of innovation and

development that is taking place

over here at the moment.

GK: From a Consolidation standpoint,

what do you see as an

optimum number of operators for a

market?

JH: There is no one-size fits all

approach. There is on-going

discussion about what is the right

number, which is different for every

country, every market. In the US,

regulators seem to think four major

nationwide operators seems to be

a good number, but this may not

be the case in smaller markets. In

the EU regulators have allowed

consolidation (from four players to

three) in markets such as Germany,

Austria and Ireland, but a proposed

deal to do the same in Denmark

was recently abandoned, despite

Denmark being a country with a

population of fewer than 6 million.

Every market environment is different:

but what’s important is that operators

have a framework that allows them

to continue to invest in networks and

service innovation.

GK: International Number Portability

is a becoming a much discussed

topic today. What is your opinion?

JH: International Number Portability

is an interesting idea that is being

discussed both at a regional level

and an international level by large

corporations and authorities. I think

it could become feasible in the

future at some point. We are seeing

initiatives in Europe and in North and

Central America.

Nobody has a global program

just yet but we are gradually

moving towards solutions that take

advantage of our technology

advancements and this solution

could become one of them. You are

probably going to see voice become

more like data in the coming years.

GK: What should we look forward

to from GSMA in the near future,

especially ahead of Mobile World

Congress 2016?

JH: The GSMA will continue to play

its role and I think we are just about

getting to the right mix of events

When it comes

to Smart Cities, there

are some standout

global leaders and the

UAE is definitely

one of them.

and participants around the world.

The Mobile 360 Series is a very hectic

period because we are doing

one event in a region, and two

weeks later in another, rather like a

roadshow.

We have to understand that

not everyone can come to our

Barcelona or Shanghai flagship

events. So the Mobile 360 series is

really helping us engage with many

more senior leaders and helping

us reach out deeper into regional

markets.

We have never been about numbers

as I have said before. However, I

would like to say that Mobile World

Congress 2016, Barcelona, should

be the best ever. It’s getting stronger

and stronger every year because

everybody wants to come there

and benefit from the gathering

of leadership, decision makers,

purchasing power, range of solutions

and knowledge at the event.

November 2015

13


REPORT

Etisalat signs multiple agreements

at GITEX Technology Week 2015

Fakher Dawar

Moving forward with the vision of

maintaining Etisalat’s position as a

telecom leader of the region and

the world. Etisalat signed multiple

agreements at GITEX Technology

Week, Dubai 2015 in order to expand

and enhance its portfolio of services

for the customers.

Fortinet – Managed Security Services

Etisalat entered into a strategic

partnership with Fortinet to expand

its digital security portfolio addressing

the increasing vulnerabilities of the IT

infrastructure of government entities,

enterprises and SMEs in the UAE. New

offerings combine Enterprise Cloud

and Customer Premise Equipment

(CPE) based managed security

services.

Intel – NFV and SDN

Joined hands with Intel for deployment of NFV & SDN

Signed agreement with Palo Alto to bring security services across ME

Etisalat signed a MoU with Intel to

help networks cope with the new era

of Network Function Virtualization

(NFV) and Software-Defined

Networking (SDN).

Etisalat NFV/SDN deployment is

aimed to enhance user experience

and increase service agility and

innovation. Virtualization will enable

Etisalat offer customers, both

businesses and consumers, flexible,

scalable, more dynamic and

innovative services.

Under the strategic partnership,

Intel will share knowledge, provide

advice for competence build-up

and assessment of NFV/SDN solutions

to be deployed within the Etisalat

network. The collaboration will foster

both parties to utilize Intel technology

in the telecom cloud infrastructure

deployment. This will lead to a more

open, standardized and highly

efficient carrier grade SDN/NFV multivendor

technology deployment.

Palo Alto Networks – Cyber Security

MoU signed with Gov. of sharjah to provide advance telecom & ICT services

Etisalat signed an agreement with

Palo Alto Networks to bring nextgeneration

security services to

organizations across the Middle

Eastern region. During GITEX, held

18-22 October in Dubai, senior

officials from Etisalat and Palo Alto

Networks met to celebrate the

completion of the agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement,

Etisalat will expand its Managed

Security Services offerings to

include the Palo Alto Networks

next-generation security platform,

delivering the latest security

technology to help organizations

safely enable applications

and protect their computing

environments from known and

unknown cyberthreats, without

having to manage and monitor the

technology themselves.

Sharjah Asset Management –

Investment

Etisalat signed a MoU with Sharjah

Asset Management, the investment

arm of the Government of Sharjah,

to enhance operational efficiencies

through implementation of

advanced telecommunications and

ICT services.

The agreement was signed by H.E.

Waleed Al Sayegh, CEO of Sharjah

Asset Management and Abdul Aziz

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Government of Fujairah –

e-Governance

Signed MoU with Govt. of Fujairah for advanced telecom & digital solutions

Etisalat signed a MoU with

Government of Fujairah’s Human

Resource (HR) Department to

enhance the government entity’s

operational efficiencies through

implementation of advanced

telecommunications and ICT

services.

The agreement was signed by His

Excellency H.E Mohamed Khalifa

Al Zeyoudi, Director of Human

Resources Department and Abdul

Aziz Taryam, CEO Advisor and

GM - Northern Emirates, Etisalat at

the telco’s stands on the sidelines of

GITEX Technology Week 2015.

MoU signed with Umm Al Quwain for advanced ICT services

Signed MoU with Al Ain Department of Ecnomic Development

Taryam, CEO Advisor and General

Manager - Northern Emirates, Etisalat

at the telco’s stands on the sidelines

of GITEX Technology Week 2015.

The MOU will enable Sharjah Asset

Management maximise and

generate active and passive income

through smart management of

its investment portfolio and new

investments in its focus regions. It

will enable both parties to develop

the business engagement model

and enhance jointly their current

and future business and technical

requirements in a long -term

partnership plan.

Umm Al Quwain e-Government Dept.

- e-Governance

Etisalat signed an MOU with Umm Al

Quwain e-Government Department

to enhance the government entity’s

operational efficiencies through

implementation of advanced

telecom and ICT services.

Under the MoU, Etisalat will enable

the government entity achieve

collaborative governance by

providing best-in-class smart

services for citizens, businesses and

government departments.

The agreement was signed by

Engineer Khaled Al Shamsi, Director

General – UAQ e-Government and

Abdul Aziz Taryam, CEO Advisor

and General Manager - Northern

Emirates, Etisalat at the telco’s stands

on the sidelines of GITEX Technology

Week 2015.

The MOU will enable Umm Al Quwain

e-Govt. achieve their targets

by leveraging on Etisalat’s

dedicated ICT teams and a wide

range of professional and smart

services. It will enable both parties to

develop the business

engagement model and

enhance jointly their current and

future business and technical

requirements in a long -term

partnership plan.

The MoU will enable the HR

Department to benefit from the

telecom and digital solutions

offered by Etisalat to support the

department’s e-Government

initiatives in areas of HR sourcing

and employee services, as well as

establishing world-class HR services &

digital policies to achieve staff and

customer excellence.

Al Ain Department of Economic

Development – Information Solutions

At GITEX Technology Week 2015,

Etisalat’s Chief Business Officer,

Salvador Anglada and Ali Al Nuaimi,

Director of Commercial Relations

Department, Al Ain Department of

Economic Development endorsed

the extension of this strategic

partnership between Etisalat and

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic

Department to provide wider reach

to the business community in Al Ain.

“We partnered Abu Dhabi

Development of Economic

Department last year, and are

thrilled to extend this partnership

to its branch in Al Ain – the Al

Ain Department of Economic

Department. We believe that

Etisalat’s sophisticated telecom

and IT services and solutions will

support Al Ain DED help grow

businesses in the city”, commented

Salvador Anglada at the MoU

signing.

November 2015

15


REPORT

Etisalat in discussion to transform Expo 2020 site

as the ‘first and smartest district of the future’

Plans to roll out world’s first 5G network in the UAE in time for the Expo

2020 to assure 25 million visitors an exceptional telecom experience

Ahmad Julfar CEO Etisalat Group speaks at the GSMA Mobile 360 - Middle East Conference

Etisalat is in discussion with the Expo

2020 office to transform the Expo

2020 site as the first and smartest

district of the future, said HE Ahmad

Julfar, Chief Executive Officer of

Etisalat Group.

Speaking at the GSMA Mobile

360 - Middle East conference on

‘Building Connected Societies’,

Mr. Julfar said that Etisalat has the

extensive ICT expertise and digital

value proposition to provide endto-end,

scalable and innovative

infrastructure that will help achieve

the leadership’s vision to host

the ‘best Expo that the world has

witnessed.’

He said that the proposed smart

transformation of the Expo 2020

site will build on Etisalat’s plans to

introduce the fifth generation (5G)

mobile network in the UAE, just in

time to host the 25 million visitors

expected to visit Expo 2020.

“We are ready to take the big

leap into the future of the telecom

industry with the UAE becoming the

world’s first nation to roll out the 5G

network.”

Equidistant between Abu Dhabi

and Dubai, the Expo Dubai site will

be serviced by three international

airports and a world class road and

transport system to ensure ease of

access and seamless operations for

both participants and visitors. The

Expo in Dubai deserves a world-class

telecom system which will enhance

visitor experience and position the

UAE as the best in the world.

Mr. Julfar said this will also help

accomplish the goals of the UAE

Vision 2021 to rank the nation

first globally in the overall ICT

Khalid Athar, Chief Editor Teletimes

with Ahmed Julfar, Etisalat Group

CEO at Mobile 360 ME Conference

infrastructure, Online Services Index

and the Network Readiness Index as

the UAE celebrates its 50th year of

formation in 2021.

He added that the UAE has set

clearly defined objectives and

created a world-class telecom

infrastructure that is well ahead of

any other country in the region. “The

introduction of the 5G network will

significantly enhance the standard

of government service delivery and

bring unmatched value to industry

and the public.”

Mr. Julfar said that Etisalat has deep

expertise in managing large-scale

projects and in delivering complex

projects for the government and

the private sector. “We are a part

of the Federal Government Network

(FedNet) that connects 42 federal

government entities with one

common platform. We have also

been involved in the Smart Dubai

initiative in the selection process of

building the Dubai City Platform.

Most recently, we provided the

Federal National Council with the

Cloud Solution for the FNC Elections

and managed the entire FNC Voting

Cloud.” Etisalat’s strong geographic

footprint with a presence in 19

countries and a subscriber base

of over 168 million, as well as the

impressive industry-firsts in the UAE,

position the company firmly in

delivering all the advanced suite

of tech-solutions that the Expo 2020

demands, said Mr. Julfar.

16 November 2015


INTERVIEW

Interview - Khalid Athar

Charles Yang

President - Middle East region

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Building networks and platforms

for a connected Middle East

Mr. Charles Yang in his role as

the President of Middle East

Region for Huawei oversees all

Huawei group activities and

around 5,000 employees. Mr.

Yang joined Huawei in 1999 and

has over 16 years of experience

in the telecom industry

playing a key role in many of

Huawei’s milestone global

projects including his role as

the president of Huawei’s STC

Group account. Over the latest 3

years, Mr. Yang has been active

in Saudi Arabia, supporting

the development of the Saudi

telecom industry.

Huawei recently celebrated its

15th anniversary in the Middle

East. Teletimes spoke to Charles

Yang on the occassion about

Huawei’s achievements over the

period, and more importantly

the future of the group in an IoT

and 5G connected world.

Khalid Athar: Huawei has been a

leader in research and development

of 5G technology. What can you

tell us about the developments so

far? How soon do you expect it to

become feasible for operators in the

Middle East?

Charles Yang: People and thingscentric

5G technology will bring

a new level of user experience

to the world, and in fact, 5G is a

cornerstone to application scenarios

such as the Internet of Things (IoT),

ultra high-definition video, virtual

reality, smart sensors, and so on. 5G

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technology will be deployed as a

mainstream technology to support

applications and IoT scenarios

requiring ultra-low latency and

ultra-high bandwidth like 10GBPS; all

for an increasingly high number of

connections around 100 billion by

2020.

Huawei collaborates with industry

bodies, leading operators and

universities to drive the ecosystem

development of 5G. Huawei has

internally invested heavily in 5G

research, with over 500 engineers

on board and nine R&D centers

worldwide as of last year, all focused

on 5G research. Our efforts were

recognized earlier this year when

Huawei was honored as making

the “Biggest Contribution to 5G

Development” at the recently held

5G World Summit 2015. By 2018,

Huawei will have invested USD$600

million in 5G research.

By leading efforts to trial the

technology globally over recent

years, Huawei aims to deploy the

first 5G networks by 2018, with more

widespread commercial operations

powering up by 2020.

KA: The consumer business of Huawei

has already become the third largest

producer of smartphones in the world.

However, the carrier network business

group of Huawei still dominates the

other business groups as in the past.

Do you think this trend will continue in

the future?

CY: With Huawei’s well-balanced,

worldwide presence, we are

confident that we will maintain

steady growth and development in

all three of our main business groups

in future. Our carrier network business

group has traditionally been the

largest, but as you note, we are now

well known in other areas as well.

Within Huawei’s enterprise business

group, for example, the extensive

application of our cloud computing,

storage, agile network, and other

flagship solutions in the fields of

finance, education, healthcare and

others led to sustained growth in the

first half of this year. Huawei’s endto-end

capabilities are of particular

value in the development of national

ICT initiatives including Smart Cities

in the Middle East; an example of

how Huawei joins its expertise across

the carrier, enterprise and consumer

markets to build a better connected

world.

Huawei applies learnings and best

practices across its business groups

in order to bring the very best-inclass

solutions & experiences to our

customers. The customers who are

simultaneously served by all the three

business groups know how these

three units are like three legs of tripod;

all supporting a master vision. Huawei

ultimately exists to serve customers,

whose demands are the driving

forces behind our development. As

their needs evolve, we too will evolve

our focus accordingly.

KA: As a seasoned telecoms vendor,

what is your advice for telcos in terms

of infrastructure investment for the

coming years?

CY: Telcos have created worldclass

communication & internet

infrastructures in collaboration with

strategic partners like Huawei. This

ICT infrastructure has raised the bar

of living standards across all walks of

society. The additional good news

is that consumers’ demand for data

& application services is steadily

growing, and it leaves enormous

head room for operator’s growth in

terms of traffic & revenue. Operators

need to focus on building networks &

platforms that can support escalating

amounts of data and support tens

of millions of enterprise applications

and hundreds of millions of individual

applications.

This means looking at an ICT

framework which is both broader

and smarter-allowing operators to

monetize & leverage every piece

of investment. Operators also need

to consistently be investing in such

infrastructure or run the risk of lowered

revenues and customer churn. In

particular, there is a transformation

happening in terms of how telecom

operators manage their own IT

platforms, moving from traditional

support functions to value-added

business platforms. The maturation of

the Internet of Things, e-Commerce,

and digital media are all driving the

restructuring of legacy IT systems

within the telecom sector. According

to IDC, the Middle East and Africa

region will spend over $270 billion on

IT during 2015-a rise of around 9% year

on year-with telecommunication firms

in particular expected to transform to

become IT & digital services players.

KA: The UAE Government is working

very hard towards Smart City development.

Could you elaborate on the

role Huawei is playing in that area?

CY: The efforts of UAE Government

towards smart city development

is commendable and it will be a

benchmark for other smart city

projects contemplated anywhere

in the world. We recognize that our

world is increasingly city-centric.

Within the Middle East, cities of the

future will need to become more

intelligent through connected

infrastructure that can positively

transform the way in which citizens

and businesses experience their

world.

The role of networks and platforms is

fundamental in powering innovations

across vertical industries, from selfpiloting

automobiles to telemedicine

and e-classroom education systems.

The good news is that telcos already

have the networks and some

platforms, combines with a wealth of

experience, to operate these digital

assets as services. Telcos can deliver

essential smart-city platforms of sensor

and actual networks, data collection,

device management, business

intelligence, rating and charging to

any or all of the application domains.

Furthermore, telecom networks

which are robust and resilient are

an important synergy with smart city

prerequisites. That’s how CAPEXintensive

smart city project can be

optimally carried out in collaboration

with telco’s existing OPEX-oriented ICT

infrastructure.

Today leading telecom operators

rely on Huawei’s state-of-the-art

technology & solutions as a

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ackbone to their business. Huawei

has proven its ability to innovate

and stay abreast with the latest

ICT technologies meant to enrich

peoples’ lives. As a result, our

telco customers see Huawei as a

strategic partner for their business

growth, instead of only a vendor.

We are committed to live up to

the expectations of our valued

customers. At Huawei, we already

offer an extensive range of products

and services to make smart city

applications a reality. To date,

Huawei has participated in over 60

smart city projects in more than 20

countries worldwide, cooperating

with over 1,100 technology providers

and 800 services & system integrators.

Over the coming years we will see at

least 20 smart cities coming up in the

GCC to support the aspirations of the

public to live more comfortably and

efficiently.

KA: How would you compare the UAE

with the other Middle East markets?

challenges for Huawei?

CY: Huawei has always viewed the

Middle East as a significant market

where we can contribute to the

development of the ICT industry.

Since the beginning we have

expanded in line with the needs

of our regional partners. This year

actually marks our 15th anniversary

in the Middle East, and that is an

just around the corner, that pace

will likely continue. Moreover, during

the next 15 years I think three major

advancements will characterize the

ICT landscape.

1. First, a fully connected world

will be established as 5G mobile

broadband changes our lives. 5G

will be deployed as a mainstream

technology to support applications

CY: The UAE really is a gateway to

the world. It is a strategic trading

and banking hub for the Middle

East as well as Western & Eastern

countries. Moreover, Dubai is

increasingly recognized as a regional

and international hub for business

conferences, bringing a lot of

opportunities from places like Africa

and Asia to companies operating

in the UAE. By virtue of its landmark

initiatives in the field of technology

and infrastructure, today the UAE is

on the global map and will continue

to be in future.

Among the most recent initiatives in

this area are the Dubai Smart City

strategy and the upcoming Expo

2020 Dubai, which have caught

the gaze of the global business

community as both an investment

destination & a launch pad for

their globalization drive in Middle

East. These will require ongoing

investments in ICT infrastructure to be

stepped considerably.

KA: In the journey of entering

an international market and

becoming one of the top players,

what have been the greatest

Telcos have created world-class communication

& internet infrastructures in collaboration with

strategic partners like Huawei.

incredibly important milestone for us.

Fifteen years ago Huawei’s corporate

structure looked considerably

different than it does today. It is not

always easy to keep pace with the

rapid and extraordinary changes

happening in the ICT industry. To

do that, we have adopted a longterm

approach to research and

development (R&D) investment by

putting over 10% of our sales revenue

into R&D every year. Today we are

a leader in terms of intellectual

property, and that allows us to

create solutions that are unparalleled

in the market.

KA: How do you see the future

of Huawei in the region for the

coming years?

CY: In the past three years, Huawei

Middle East has grown at a consistent

pace of around 20% CAGR. With a

new technological transformation

and IoT scenarios.

2. We anticipate seeing at least 20

smart cities emerging in the GCC—

including Saudi Arabia—to support

the aspirations of the public to live

more comfortably and efficiently.

3. Finally, more cross-sector

innovations will appear in the form of

new energy technologies, artificial

intelligence, Industry 4.0 and smart

homes.

ICT will become a primary social and

economic enabler. This will create

unprecedented opportunities for

the whole industry to propel the

Middle East economy into the next

phase of staggering growth; driven

by ICT. Huawei is a leading ICT

technology partner that will apply

global and local experience to

make the ICT journey of the Middle

East one of the most energized,

successful, memorable and historic

transformations for the future.

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REPORT

Ericsson discussed the role of smarter services in

the Networked Society at GSMA Mobile 360

Ericsson has discussed the

implementation of smarter services

across a variety of industries and the

key issues facing network operators

with remit to support increasingly

connected societies at GSMA

Mobile 360.

In the Networked Society, where

connectivity is the catalyst for

collaboration and innovation,

smarter services are creating

differentiated experiences and

operational efficiency. Drawing

on the skills of expert speakers at

GSMA Mobile 360, Ericsson will

examine the issues in implementing

these services, as well as solutions

that pave the way to life in the

Networked Society.

Alp Uysal, Vice President and

Head of Strategy and Business

Excellence at Ericsson, said: “In the

Networked Society, information

and communications technology

will be the catalyst of a new

economic model delivering growth

and prosperity based on a greater

social cohesion and environmental

sustainability. It will empower

transformation, creating disruptive

changes across both industries and

society as a whole.”

“ICT has unleashed an era of

increased innovation where industry

players are continuously challenged

by new markets, emerging

challengers and novel logic in terms

of value creation. This is an era that

we call the Networked Society,

where every person and every

industry is empowered to reach

their full potential. We are excited to

share our knowledge with industry

experts at this year’s GSMA Mobile

360 Conference and offer a glimpse

into the Networked Society future

where smarter services prevail,”

added Tarek Saadi, Head of Sales,

Ericsson, Region Middle East.

Smarter services are being

implemented across a number of

industries, ranging from national

to cross-border implementations.

Implementing smarter services

requires high levels of co-operation

and co-ordination to deliver services

effectively and at scale.

In two separate panel discussions

Alp Uysal, Ericsson’s Vice President

and Head of Strategy and Business

Excellence for the Middle East egion,

and Tarek Saadi, Head of Sales

for the Middle East Region, joined

industry experts to address

Delivering Smarter Networks across

MENA and Implementing Smarter

Services on October 20, at the

Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh

Maktoum Hall.

20 November 2015


Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid

Al Maktoum visits STC Pavilion in GITEX

STC signed regional and international strategic

agreements during the week

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed

bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown

Prince of Dubai, inaugurated the

35th edition of Gitex in Dubai. H.H.

visited the pavilion of the Saudi

Telecom Company (STC) where he

was received by STC Group CEO Dr.

Khaled Biyari along with a

number of executives from STC and

affiliates.

“STC Group is keen on being present

at Gitex every year as the event has

entrenched itself as an important

regional platform for ICT decisionmakers,”

commented Dr. Biyari.

“STC will sign regional and

international strategic agreements

to help maintain its leadership and

to support its bid to provide creative

services and technological solutions

in ICT to individuals, enterprise

customers as well as government,”

added Dr. Khalid Biyari.

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REPORT

STC signs agreements to boost innovation

Teletimes Report

Center for Economy &

Creative Innovation in South

Korea (JV with SK Telecom)

and Ericsson

The Saudi Telecom Company (STC)

signed a number of partnership

agreements on the sidelines of its

Gitex 2015 participations aimed at

boosting innovation. STC signed

agreement with The Center for

Economy and Creative Innovation in

South Korea (a JV with SK Telecom).

A second agreement was signed

with Ericsson to provide ICT systems

and solutions to customers whether

individuals, enterprises or telcos, in

addition to digital and innovative

services.

Tarig M. Enaya, Sr. Vice President - STC Business & Ali Al Farmawi

Vice President - Mircosoft MEA after signing the agrement

These agreements are in line

with STC’s efforts to foster the

development of innovation and

entrepreneurship environment in

order to transform creative ideas and

projects into reality across a number

of business sectors.

“These agreements are important

because they facilitate cooperation

between companies and adopt best

practices.

The two work in tandem to develop

the backbone for a creative

environment and jumpstart business

leadership in the Kingdom through

cooperation with leading global

centers that provide specialized

services, digital products, and

business leadership and innovation in

ICT,” commented Nasser Alsaadon,

the GM for business development

and innovation at STC.

The partnerships will provide services

to companies incubated by InspireU

which was launched earlier in

the year to help expand regional

economies and promote the culture

of supporting nascent companies as

well as begin to develop incubators

and related programs.

Nasser Alsaadon, GM Business development & innovation at STC

exchanging the agrement with Ericsson

Umbrella Cloud agreement

with Microsoft

According to the terms of this

agreement, STC and Microsoft will

cooperate on providing individuals

and businesses in the Kingdom with

elastic computing and cloud based

software services and solutions

across three key areas: infrastructure

services, productivity suites and

cloud services. Moreover, both

companies will work on creating an

enabling eco-system for software

developers in Saudi Arabia and the

region.

Tarig M. Enaya, Senior Vice President

of STC Business said, “One of our

strategies at STC Business is to build

partnerships and alliances with large

specialized global players within

the information technology sector

so as to enrich what we offer in a

manner that increases the chances

of success for our customers. Our

signing with Microsoft today is

part of that strategy to leverage

the Microsoft experience with

information technology and cloud.”

Ali Al Farmawi, Vice President of

Microsoft, Middle East and Africa

said, “STC and Microsoft can build

on the synergies that the two

companies have. Among the most

important of these synergies is the

commitment to national projects

that have the potential to enable

communities. For us, this means

focusing on the cloud and creating

eco systems that encourage more

and more to innovate.”

22 November 2015


Group photo of STC & Oracle high officials after launchment of Oracle - based system service

Launch of Oracle based -

system service

STC announced during Gitex 2015

the launch of Oracle-based system

service for resource planning on the

Cloud with the aim to serve its own

affiliates.

By launching this service, STC affiliates

will be able to liaise all resources,

data and activities required to

complete operational procedures

such as accounting, procurement,

finance, and human resources, all

of which provide increased value

added services and a tighter data

security level.

Dr. Khaled Biyari, CEO - STC Group and Khalid Athar, Chief Editor -

Teletimes International at STC Pavilian in GITEX 2015

STC QITAF partnership with

Souq.com and Booking.com

STC signed two partnership

agreements with Souq.com and

Booking.com allowing STC customers

to trade Qitaf points for purchases

and services from both sites.

The Souq.com agreement was

signed by Ahmed A. Alsahhaf, GM

of Marketing Communications from

STC, and by Ronaldo Mouchawar,

Souq.com CEO The Booking.com

agreement was signed also by

Ahmed A. Alsahhaf, and Yuost

Vermeulen, RM MEA Booking.com.

Ahmed A. Al Sahhaf, General Manager Marketing Communications STC

after signing the agreements with Booking.com

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Group photo of Award winners and officials with Dr. Khaled Biyari, STC Group CEO, after the Award Ceremony

EMC Program of “Knowledge

and Skill Development”

STC joined the EMC program in

the field of “Knowledge and Skill

Development” which is specialized

in the operations of organizational

development of companies, and

huge technological institutions after

signing an agreement with EMC in

this respect. The agreement was

signed at the STC Pavilion in GITEX.

The agreement was signed by Eng.

Nasser Sulaiman AL Nasser, SVP of

Technology and Operations From

STC and by Mohammed Amin from

EMC, SVP and Regional Manager.

The international program allocated

“Knowledge and Skill Development”

to a limited elite number of EMC

strategic partners around the

world, where it designs integrated

programs to develop administrative

and technological skills to meet

the requirement of the sector of

information technology and business

around the world.

STC Vendor Awards -

9 vedndors awarded

STC held its 4th Vendor Day during

the weeklong Gitex activities.

STC Group CEO, Dr. Khaled

Biyari recapped the company’s

Engr. Nasser Sulaiman Al Nasser, SVP Technology & Operations - STC

and Mohammed Amin, SVP - EMC signing the agreement

revamped strategy as well as

vision. Outlining STC’s Procurement

strategy and vendor relations,

Procurement and Shared Services

VP, Cyril Pourat explained how the

transformation program adopted by

STC has contributed significantly to

leveraging the relationship between

STC and all its vendors/suppliers.

As part of recognizing this

transformation program, STC has

institutionalized Vendor Awards in

three categories once every two

years. The categories are Innovation,

Collaboration and Value-added.

Winners of STC Vendor Awards 2015

per category were as follows:

Under the Value-Added category,

the winners were:

1. Tawunya Insurance company

2. Teradata

3. Cisco System

In the Innovation category, the

winners were:

1. EMC 2

2. JWT

3. Wirefilter

The third category, Collaboration,

saw the following winners:

1.Tata Consultancy Services

2.Masha’el Al-Khaleej

3.Huawei

STC launched the Procurement

transformation program in 2014.

Since, vendors and suppliers have

witnessed a leap forward in the

manner in which STC manages the

end-to-end process, leading to STC

becoming a market leader in the

field.

24 November 2015


REPORT

H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed visited du’s

stand in GITEX Technology Week

Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin

Rashid Al Maktoum, visited the du

stand at GITEX Technology Week

2015 and spent a significant amount

of time examining du’s innovative

offerings. He was received by Osman

Sultan, du’s Chief Executive Officer,

and other representatives of the

company’s senior management.

Under the theme of ‘Smart:

Happening Now’, du showcased

how smart is no longer a vision, it

is a mission, and it’s happening

now. Demonstrations at du’s stand

highlighted how du’s innovative

information and communications

technology solutions and

partnerships are influencing a smart

environment today.

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REPORT

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih

with Dubai Customs’ GITEX work team

“We innovate...to facilitate trade”

New smart Customs initiatives

unveiled at GITEX 2015

Yousef Alfeel

During this year’s GITEX, Dubai

Customs’ stand at Sheikh Saeed

Hall was a real magnet of lights and

attention of inquisitive visitors. All

visitors expressed their admiration

of the wide array of showcased

innovations introduced by DC to

steadfast its customs work, whether

in the Amphibious Vehicle which

is fully geared up with (10) solar

powered gadgets enabling it to run

uninterrupted around the clock, or in

the Customs Unmanned Submarine

for tactical underwater inspection

operations of ships hulls’.

and initiatives are: SMART TV services,

Al Barza Employee Forum, SMART

Workspace and New Revamped

Website.

The Executive Director of Customs

Development Division at Dubai

Customs Juma Al Ghaith said that

Dubai Customs never ceases to

evolve, with new services and

initiatives always being launched so

that the organization can meet its

vision of being “The leading customs

administration in the world supporting

legitimate trade”.

The Smart Baggage Inspection

system created a notable wow

effect to all inquirers, as it represents

an innovative multifunctional

integrated design aimed at ensuring

a streamlined passengers flow

while maintaining the epitome of

protection at same time; the device

is capable of scanning handheld

baggage in a seamless real-time

procedure.

H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih,

Director Dubai Customs said, “We are

propelled by the vision and directives

of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

Al Maktoum, the Vice President and

Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler

Jumaa Al Ghaith

Executive Director, Dubai Customs

of Dubai, concerning Dubai Smart

City and mGovernment initiatives,

as well as the Happiness Meter

initiative, aimed at measuring clients’

satisfaction with our government

services,”

As part of its partaking at GITEX 2015

under the motto “We innovate...

to facilitate trade”, Dubai Customs

announced new smart services and

high tech initiatives.

Dubai Customs new smart services

The recent additions to DC’s long

record of smart breakthroughs are

in line with its target to deliver 80%

of Customs transactions via smart

applications by 2018.

Shedding light on the new services

and initiatives Dubai Customs

launched during GITEX 2015, Al

Ghaith stated that customs services

are optimized to be accessed on

SMART TV web browser. Moreover,

SMART Workspace is a tool that

enables clients to define declaration

templates and mark their favourite

and frequent declarations, increasing

process efficiency and saving cost

and time for them.

26 November 2015


INTERVIEW

The story of investment in our mobile

network will never end

Fahad Abdulrahman Al Hassawi, CCO - du

Interview - Gulraiz Khalid

Gulraiz Khalid: Looking forward to

2016, what is your vision for du in the

UAE market?

Fahad Al Hassawi: The UAE provides

a very healthy market and we are

lucky to be operating in this market.

We will continue to expand over here

as we see a lot of room to grow over

here.

We will always need more and more

speed. With a rise in upcoming OTT

applications and video requirements,

the market will continue to need

more speed and du is committed to

providing this high speed to its users.

We are talking about Smart Cities on

every forum today. The idea of Smart

Cities brings with it a need for more

bandwidth, speed and coverage.

Our vision is to enhance our customer

experience and meet the increasing

demands of the region which

we can foresee in terms of Live

Streaming, IoT, Smart Cities etc.

As far as I can see, the story of

investment in our mobile network

will never end, because with our

customers and the needs of our

customers, we will continue to grow.

GK: Many of our readers would be

interested in the idea behind du’s

partnership with Vodafone?

FH: The beauty of partnering with

a company like Vodafone is that

it brings in a lot of those global

contracts that are already in place

and we do not have to start from

scratch.

We have decided to enhance the

existing partnership we already had

with Vodafone to provide the very

best of Machine to Machine (M2M)

solutions to UAE businesses. This new

technology will allow more complex

data to be shared via the Internet

of Things (IoT) – allowing for more

sophisticated services.

The partnership enables du to

offer enhanced M2M services to

enterprises looking to implement IoT.

Initially du will focus on connected

car opportunities such as enhanced

safety, connecting drivers with

garages and emergency services.

The technology also stands to

revolutionise access to in- car

infotainment. mHealth applications

for M2M will also be explored to

improve remote care for patients

and bring greater efficiencies for

healthcare providers. The clients for

M2M are usually business and not

direct consumers. For example, if

there is a company that has a fleet

of cars and they wish to track them

with reference to location, travelling

speed, distance covered and so on,

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du, it took a lot of time and efforts –

opening MNP to multiple operators

internationally will consume such

a huge amount of time, effort and

other resources that it is simply not

feasible. However, we want to

facilitate roaming in the region, and

as I have said, we are approaching

the issue with other various avenues.

International

Number Portability is

an idea that does not

seem feasible, at least

at this point.

GK: What will be your key focus areas

for the coming future?

For us, as an enterprise service

provider, there is a lot of room for growth and

opportunity in terms of market share

and we intend to fully benefit from

this opportunity.

it will be much easier for them to do

so. For direct consumers, it will be

more of a B2B2C model whereby an

automobile company such as BMW

could offer a car which comes with

a pre-installed SIM card so that the

consumer may be able to use certain

applications in the car.

GK: Roaming charges are quite an

issue for customers as international

travelling becomes more and more

popular? Do you think International

Number Portability could be a

solution in the future?

FH: We understand the importance

of roaming charges, especially for

our market which is home to millions

of tourists every year. We want to

see much more roaming traffic

happening here and we want to

facilitate all mobile users in the area.

The final roaming charges are always

decided by the user’s own operator

in their home market – what we do

is that we give big discounts to these

operators. However, our efforts are

not effectively visible because many

of the operators are not passing

our discounts over to the end user,

which is something that has come

to light only recently and we have

approached these operators about

this issue.

International Number Portability is an

idea that does not seem feasible,

at least at this point. When we

opened MNP between Etisalat and

FH: Our strategy will not change.

We will continue to do the things

we have been doing with a bit

more focus on enterprise. For us,

as an enterprise service provider,

there is a lot of room for growth and

opportunity in terms of market share

and we intend to fully benefit from

this opportunity. We want to focus

on premium customers, postpaid

premium customers and also prepaid

premium customers.

In respect of our vision for Smart

Cities, there is a lot of discussion

going on and a lot of cases from

international markets are being

studied along with best practices to

ensure that progress in this regard is

maintained at a good pace.

We have recently announced the

option of Fixed Line portability which

has been made possible after a

long period of efforts with Etisalat

on integration and testing etc.

Both of the operators will now allow

double-play (Internet and Telephony)

customers to switch to each other

so that there is no limited zone for

the users in terms of the choice of

operator. The next step in nine to

twelve months will be triple-play

which is a combination of double

play and TV. Initially, we are not

focusing on the numbers, but more

on getting the experience right for

our customers.

28 November 2015


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INTERVIEW

InspireU is the

Saudi Kingdom’s first

corporate Incubator and

Accelerator for startups

addressing ICT/Digital

innovation across MENA

aimed at promoting,

supporting and developing

entrepreneurship

& digital innovation

in the region.

TO INSPIRE IS TO EMPOWER

Mr. Nasser A. Alsaadon, GM Business Development and Innovation at STC speaks to

Teletimes International in an exclusive interview at GITEX Technology Week 2015.

Interview - Gulraiz Khalid

Gulraiz Khalid: What is InspireU?

Nasser A. Alsaadon: InspireU is the

Kingdom’s first corporate incubator/

accelerator for start-up’s focused

on ICT/digital innovation. Aimed

at promoting, supporting and

developing entrepreneurship and

digital innovation in KSA and the

MENA Region, InspireU is a program

based around a professional

incubation center for digital

startups that provides the startups

with a value-based chain that

entrepreneurs need to grow and

become successful. It involves an

initial competition to shortlist the best

startups who then become a part of

the program where STC helps them

execute their ideas to their best

potentials.

GK: What will be the biggest benefit

to the participants from this program?

NA: Our participants will benefit a

lot from this program as we will not

only support them in creating their

own solutions and products but

the biggest benefit will be that we

will give them access to real world

telecommunications customers and

a business environment to operate

in. STC’s networks, value chain,

strong partners and its infrastructure

will provide a great benefit to any

incubatee that wishes to connect to

this industry in the future.

STC is not only providing resources to

the InspireU program members but

also providing them infrastructure,

guidance, support services,

mentorship and access to the

technology ecosystem. We also

provide mentorship from senior

executives within STC who advise

these start-ups and help them

30 November 2015


uild strategies for their businesses

leveraging the experience and

knowledge of STC executives,

as well as mentorship from serial

entrepreneurs who have practical

We will provide the

participants with

access to real world

telecommunications

customers and a

business environment

to operate in.

experience to transfer their

knowledge and experience to the

incubates.

GK: Specifically, what are the

facilities/support you are providing to

the incubatees?

GK: Is there any limitation on the

origin of the startups or where they

can operate in future?

NA: We are not limited to any one

In the first phase of our program, we

had 300 applicants who applied

through our portal and went through

a selection process. We do the

program twice a year and announce

NA: The support we provide includes

the following:

• Office space

• Logistic support, such as; facilitating

work visas, a business license, and

software needs, among many more.

STC is committed to build any programs

and initiatives that could develop the

Kingdom’s economy and help achieve the

digital vision of the country.

• Mentorship and hands-on training,

allowing you to learn from leading

experts in the region

• Seed funding of SAR 75,000 to get

you started on your new venture

• Access to a wide range of investors

that will financially support you on

your journey

• Access to STC infrastructure and

user base in order to test /improve

and scale your digital product

• Access to international exchange

program in order to scale your

company beyond the kingdom of

Saudi Arabia

• Customized curriculum to enrich

your knowledge in building state of

the art digital products and global

companies

country origin for the startups. We

entertain all digital & ICT startups

from all over the region and we aim

to take all our winners international

and let them operate in the global

markets.

In fact, we have signed an exchange

program with other incubation

centers around the world as well. We

have companies coming in from the

entire region including Jordan, Turkey

and Tunisia as well.

GK: What type of companies is STC

looking to incubate in the InspireU

program?

NA: We focus on digital & ICT related

startups. We have started the first

phase of our program and we have

entertained all types of participants

including e-commerce, health,

gaming etc.

it publicly through website, press

releases and social media and so on.

GK: How many incubatees do you

plan to take within a year?

NA: Right now, we are running the

program once a year and we pick

out at least 4 startups through the

competition. We are planning to run

the competition twice a year in the

future. Therefore, in later stages we

are looking at 8 startups every year in

the future.

GK: What is the selection procedure

for InspireU?

NA: 1. Based on pre-determined

selection criteria, the Top 30

applications proceed to the next

stage

2. Selected teams go through a one-

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on-one interview and are required to

submit a 1 minute movie allowing us

to know them better

3. An internal review, of the interviews

and movies shortens the list of

applicants from 30 to 10. The Top

10 teams are invited to our two-day

bootcamp event

This two-day event helps them

structure the idea from both a

business and technical perspective

through a set of workshops. The first

day workshop, conducted by highly

skilled mentors is aimed at adding

value to the idea and preparing the

final pitch. The second day focuses

on all teams pitching their ideas

in front of 5 judges and answering

questions and inquiries.

Winners are announced after

the pitching and right after the

bootcamp, InspireU intiates the

onboarding activities with the winners

to help them relocate, sign the

agreement and be ready to embark

in a 6 months program.

GK: How is InspireU supporting STC’s

vision for the Saudi economy?

NA: STC is committed to build any

programs and initiatives that could

develop the Kingdom’s economy

and help achieve the digital vision of

the country.

STC has launched this initiative for

the Saudi Youth and to develop the

economy of the country by creating

a strong base and platform for young

entrepreneurs to rise and develop

their own ventures. It is one of STC’s

digital & innovation initiatives within

our pipeline to boost and foster the

technology and digital market in

Saudi.

GK: How is the InspireU program in

line with the “Scalable Solutions”

approach of STC?

NA: STC is aiming towards “Scalable

Solutions” and the InspireU initiative is

aligned with this strategy. The InspireU

is highly scalable and is aimed at

supporting and assisting the young

entrepreneurs in creating solutions. As

STC is aiming towards “Scalable Solutions”

and the InspireU initiative is aligned with this

strategy. With initiatives such as InspireU, we

are going beyond and taking a step forward

moving into the digital arena.

an incumbent operator, we have a

large variety of all types of solutions

ranging from voice, to landline to

mobile data and business solutions.

With initiatives such as InspireU, we

are going beyond and taking a

step forward moving into the digital

arena. Together, with the youth, and

the creative minds of the region,

we will create more solutions and

build them on top as a layer above

the capabilities of an incumbent

operator.

GK: Does STC have any partners

involved in the InspireU program?

NA: STC has brought some of its

partners such as IBM, Ericsson,

Amazon, CISCO, ERICSSON and

Strategy& to come and join the

InpireU program in order to create

more value for the participants and

enhance the knowledge base that is

participating.

Bringing in more partners from the

industry will make the program

more comprehensive, practical and

create better industry-based learning

experience for the start-ups.

InspireU also has a complete

range of partners in the area of

research and universities, funding

and investment with well-known

ventures capitals, innovation and

entrepreneurship ecosystem.

GK: Do you think InspireU can help

other startups that apply and do not

win the competition?

NA: InspireU gives a lot of benefit to

all participants, even to those who

do not eventually win. The

bootcamp helps create a clear

vision ahead for the company and

the judging processes bring the

participants to practical criticism

that enables them to think beyond

their current state, it gives them

exposure to the industry and

sometimes this exposure can lead

to various synergies and

opportunities.

Actually, InspireU will also help

& support those potential digital

startups that are not even

incubated in the program.

We will help those startups through

focused acceleration-weekends that

will drive value and knowledge

for them to boost their ideas and

projects.

32 November 2015


Huawei celebrates 15 years in the Middle East

The milestone event was attended by over 300 senior government and

business leaders including representatives from top telecom operators,

information technology ministries & government bodies, analysts,

regulators and the media.

Khalid Athar

The past 15 years have been

a period of evolution in the

telecommunications industry. Starting

from the deployment of voice, we

are now at the verge of developing

things-centric connectivity

throughout the world. This journey

to become “Smart” has been led

by the Middle East with exemplary

performance. We have seen the

growth and expansion of many

communications organizations over

the past years, and at the forefront

of this development has been an

organization that has demonstrated

extra-ordinary performance. Huawei

Technologies has supported this

“Smart” journey with strategic

partnerships throughout the region

and beyond.

Huawei’s expansive portfolio enables

competitive advantages in telecom

and enterprise networks, devices and

cloud computing. Managing over 24

operators in more than 10 countries

in the Middle East, Huawei is largely

credited for the immense growth this

region has seen in terms of coverage,

broadband penetration, and ICT

development at large.

Looking to the future of the region’s

VIPs at Huawei 15 Year Anniversary

connected digital economy, senior

executives from across the regional

technology industry joined Huawei

to commemorate the company’s 15

year anniversary of operations in the

Middle East.

Driven by a desire to build a better

connected world, Huawei Middle

East has become a strategic partner

to leading telecom operators,

governments and enterprises in

enabling the Middle East’s digital

society.

The milestone event was attended

by over 300 senior government

and business leaders including

representatives from top telecom

operators, information technology

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33


ministries & government bodies,

analysts, regulators and the media.

The day’s honored guest was

H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum

Al Maktoum, Director General of

Dubai’s Department of Information,

with speakers including: Dr. Aisha Bin

Bishr, Assistant Director General of The

Executive Office and Smart Dubai

Taskforce Leader, Hatem Bamatraf,

Chief Technology Officer at Etisalat

Group, Eng. Nasser Sulaiman Al

Nasser, Senior Vice President of

Technologies & Operations at STC,

and Guo Ping, Deputy Chairman

of the Board and Rotating CEO of

Huawei.

The forum was opened by Charles

Yang, President of Huawei Middle

East, who touched upon some of the

key transformations taking place in

the ICT industry over the last 15 years.

Guests also engaged with a

number of Huawei innovation

demos of upcoming ICT application,

including 4K video, drones & robotics,

wearable devices, and 4.5G & 5G

mobile connectivity. The evening

gala’s entertainment was further

Mr. Guo Ping, Deputy Chairman - Board & Rotating CEO Huawei

for new technology deployments as

government leaders recognize the

potential of connectivity to create

more competitive industries, safer

cities and more inspired services

for the public,” said Charles Yang,

President of Huawei Middle East.

Speaking at the event, Hatem

Bamatraf, Chief Technology Officer

Over the last 15 years Huawei Middle

East has established an end-to-end

portfolio of ICT solutions to serve its

growing partner base.

It has also been a commercially

successful geography for Huawei. The

wider Europe, Middle East & Africa

(EMEA) region accounted for 35%

of Huawei’s total global revenue in

2014 with the region’s revenues up

approximately 20% year on year.

“Fifteen years ago Huawei’s

corporate structure looked

considerably different than it does

today. Nevertheless, our values

have largely remained the same.

We exist to serve our customers and

local communities,” adds Yang.

“Huawei has done this by delivering

exceptional before and after-service

support to our partners, respecting

local cultures and striving to learn

and grow together with our partners.”

Charles Yang, President - Huawei Middle East

ignited by a performance from

Huawei brand ambassador Nancy

Ajram singing a number of her

greatest hits.

“Studies have shown time and again

that ICT infrastructure is a powerful

engine for social and economic

development. The Middle East has in

many ways risen to be a global hub

at Etisalat Group, added: “We are

working in an industry which is fast

and continuously evolving from

one generation to the other. It

changes lives, enables capabilities,

helps economies, and powers

entrepreneurship. We believe that

there’s a lot of value that will be

added from a partner like Huawei in

pursuing that journey.”

Today the company’s Middle East

headquarters is located in Bahrain

with offices across 10 countries and

around 5,000 employees—of whom

over 66% are local hires.

Founded in 1987, Huawei globally

has grown from a USD$5,680 small

company to a truly international

enterprise an annual revenue

volume of USD$46.5 billion and

a business presence in over 170

countries.

34 November 2015


INTERVIEW

4.5G must support IoT

Mr. Chaobin Yang, CMO Wireless,

Huawei Technologies, answered

many queries and shared his

opinions on a few important

questions during a media roundtable

at the Huawei Global MBB Forum

2015 in Hong Kong that was covered

by Teletimes’ Technical Editor, Toby

Ruckert and the excerpts of which

are as following.

“The end user today cannot wait

for 5G due to increasing demand

through billions of IoT devices that

are coming up and increasing high

resolution video requirements. We

need to make progress and satisfy

the connectivity needs that are

coming up now.” Mr. Yang believes

4G and 5G will co-exist for a long

period of time, and it makes sense

given how 3G and 4G co-exist

together in many markets today.

“IoT is already happening and

we need to have networks robust

enough to support it. Even in its

introduction phase, 4.5g must

already support IoT for up to a

hundred thousand connections

and the network latency must be

improved.”

Huawei has been making huge

developments and advancements

in this field with its research

department. Running 1GB/s field

tests with various parties such as

Softbank, HKT and others to push

4.5g deployment with operators,

Huawei is far ahead in the

development of networks to support

IoT and the broadband needs of the

future.

Talking about when and where

the first commercial applications

of 4.5G will reach the market, Mr

Yang said, “The deployment of 4.5g

will start from the area where the

development is fast and the need

for great video service is good. We

have pre-commercial cases with

AT&T, Softbank, TeliaSonera and

China Mobile.

Interestingly, Turkey has given new

licenses to the industry - however,

Chaobin Yang

CMO Wireless, Huawei Technologies

The end user

today cannot wait for

5G due to

increasing IoT and

high resolution

video demands that

exist now

those are not 4G but 4.5G licenses.

Therefore the operators in Turkey

will start their development for 4.5G

even before the end of this year.”

“We already have an official

commercial contract signed with

Teliadsonera and are now exploring

commercial plans with West

European operators for 4.5g - you

can expect joint news to come out

over the next months”, said Mr. Yang

while talking to the media about

Huawei already working in Europe

on 4.5G deployment.

Talking about 4.5G support in

smartphones, he said that 4.5G

enabled phones are currently not

in the market but he also informed

that many of the chipsets that

were displayed at exhibitions

during September 2015 already

support 4.5G and have backwards

compatibility to 3G and 4G as

well. He expressed that backwards

compatibility is important and 4.5G

will co-exist with 4G and even 3G for

some period.

Sharing his views on the current issues

regarding spectrum and the way to

go forward, Mr. Yang said, “Wireless

will move from low band to higher

band spectrums and that will remain

a certain trend. Sub 3Ghz will

remain the standard for the time

being. Operators want more

spectrum from sub 3Ghz to 6Ghz

and if low band spectrum is issued

to operators it would help to bridge

the digital divide. Meanwhile high

spectrum can be used in hotspots

/ indoors to supply complementary

measures for continuous

connectivity but for the time being

low spectrum will continue to rule our

future.”

Mr. Yang expressed on the

importance of 3GPP R13 standards

for industry collaboration in IoT

and further said, “NB-IOT reached

an agreement in Sep 2015. The

standards for 3GPP R13 will be

frozen for NB-IOT in Mar 2016 so that

all industry partners can rely and

develop with this standard and work

together.”

“Moving forward, I believe 4.5G

technology is a need of the

moment considering the recent

developments in IoT and video

demands. 4.5G technology should

continuously evolve in TDD and LTE,

at least for the near future”, said Mr.

Yang while concluding the media

discussion.

Based on Mr. Yang’s discussion, it is

evident that Huawei is making great

progress in to the 4.5G arena.

IoT will create new playing field for

major operators and so far, Huawei

seems prepared to take on the

challenge.

November 2015

35


NEWS

PCCW Global wins two Global Carrier Awards

Recognized for its technological innovation and service excellence

in the wholesale industry at capacity Europe in Paris

PCCW Global, the international

operating division of HKT, has

won two Global Carrier Awards

at Capacity Europe 2015. The

awards recognize PCCW Global’s

leadership in IPX, network security,

mobile solutions and wholesale

services.

The Global Carrier Awards,

organized by Capacity Media,

celebrate innovation, excellence

and vision in the wholesale telecoms

market. The awards entries are

scored independently by a panel

of judges, comprising Capacity’s

senior editorial team, leading

analysts and market watchers.

The judging panel was carefully

selected to cover a wide range of

market areas and regions.

PCCW Global received the

following honors at the Capacity

Europe 2015:

• Best North American Project -

Winner

• Best Voice Service Innovation:

Emerging Market - Winner

• Best African Wholesale Carrier -

Finalist

• Best Global Wholesale Carrier

Voice - Finalist

• Best Strategic Acquisition - Finalist

Mr. Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive

Officer of PCCW Global, said,

“These awards recognize the

breadth and depth of our offering

and highlight an outstanding year

for growth and innovation in the

telecommunications industry.

Together with our customers and

partners, we strive to create a

global telecoms market that

is more dynamic, diverse and

ready to serve high-performance

applications by delivering new

services and technologies in the

carrier space and therefore leading

to new end user demand. We are

very proud to be recognized for

our work and believe we can have

a positive and lasting impact on

our partners, customers and the

communications industry.”

The awards highlight PCCW Global’s

achievements in 2015, including

its best North American project

and its regional breakout service

Marc Halbfinger

CEO - PCCW Global

in Africa by deploying a meshed

network topology to keep African

international voice traffic within the

continent.

In 2015, PCCW Global has received

numerous awards and global

recognition including - Frost &

Sullivan Awards, Global Telecom

Business Innovation Awards,

Telecoms World Awards Middle East,

and Total Telecom Africa Awards.

PCCW Teleservices honored in Frost & Sullivan

Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards

PCCW Teleservices, has clinched

the Greater China Contact Center

Outsourcing Product Differentiation

Excellence Award in the annual Frost

& Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices

Awards held in Singapore on Oct 15.

Ansson Chan, Head of China,

PCCW Teleservices, said, “This

award recognizes our achievement

in realizing omni-channel from

theoretical and technical level to

operational and business level. We

have helped our clients to realize the

benefit of providing seamless service

anytime, anywhere, via any channel

that is most convenient to their

customers”

Manoj Menon, Senior Partner & Asia

Pacific Managing Director of Frost

& Sullivan, said, “We are extremely

proud and happy to celebrate

the achievements of these truly

innovative and well-deserving

companies in Asia Pacific. I am

confident PCCW will continue to

inspire and positively impact its

industry through its best practice

demonstrated in its fields.”

36 November 2015


REPORT

GSMA announced further development

for Mobile World Congress 2016

Teletimes Report

Jon Fredrik Baksaas

Chairman, GSMA

Sifiso Dabengwa

President & CEO, MTN Group

Anne Bouverot

Chair & CEO, Morpho (Safran)

Hans Vestberg

President & CEO, Ericsson

Dan Schulman

President & CEO, PayPal

Simon Segars

CEO, ARM

Anthony Lake

Executive Director, UNICEF

Richard Fain, CEO, Royal

Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The GSMA announced further developments for the 2016

GSMA Mobile World Congress, including newly confirmed

keynote speakers, programmes and activities taking

place at the annual mobile industry event. Mobile World

Congress will be held 22-25 February 2016 at Fira Gran

Via in Barcelona, with events also taking place at Fira

Montjuïc.

“We are constantly focused on enhancing the

experience for Mobile World Congress attendees, as well

as our exhibitors, sponsors and partners,” said Michael

O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “To that end,

we’re introducing new programmes, such as our MWC

Tours programme, which are designed to help individuals

and companies maximise their presence at Mobile World

Congress and make their visits as productive as possible,

particularly attendees that may be new to our show.”

Newly Confirmed Keynote Speakers

The GSMA has announced additional keynote speakers

for the four-day Mobile World Congress conference

programme, including:

• Dr. Nadia Shouraboura, Founder and CEO, Hointer

• Kate Unsworth, Founder and CEO, Kovert Designs

• Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal

• Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

These executives join previously confirmed speakers:

• Simon Segars, CEO, ARM

• Jonah Peretti, Founder and CEO, BuzzFeed

• Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson

• Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Chairman, GSMA

• Mats Granryd, Director General Designate, GSMA

• Anne Bouverot, Chair and CEO, Morpho (Safran)

• Sifiso Dabengwa, Executive Director, Group President

and CEO, MTN Group

• Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean

Cruises Ltd.

In addition to the keynotes, the conference will include

nearly 50 in-depth track sessions examining topics such

as 5G, devices, digital commerce, disaster response,

emerging markets, enterprise mobility, gaming, financial

services, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning,

mobile identity, privacy, security, smart cities and virtual

reality/augmented reality, among others.

Showcasing Mobile Innovation

The Mobile World Congress exhibition features the leading

products, services and technologies that are shaping the

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Kate Unsworth, Founder

and CEO, Kovert Designs

Jonah Peretti

Founder and CEO, uzzFeed

Dr. Nadia Shouraboura,

Founder and CEO, Hointer

Mats Granryd, Director

General Designate, GSMA

future of mobile, from handsets and

devices to network infrastructure,

software and services and much

more. Exhibitors include leading

global companies such as Alcatel-

Lucent, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom,

Ericsson, Ford Motor Company,

Google, Huawei, Intel, Lenovo,

Microsoft, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm,

Samsung, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile

Communications, Telefónica,

VMware and Vodafone, among

others.

Mobile World Congress will again

challenge attendees to track their

activity levels at the show and

around Barcelona using connected

fitness trackers. Garmin has signed

on as the Supporting Sponsor for

the Healthband Challenge, which

will be open to all Mobile World

Congress attendees. Garmin will offer

attendees discounts on products

from its vívofit and vívosmart activity

tracking range for purchase in

advance of Mobile World Congress.

New at Mobile World Congress: MWC

Tours Programme

New for 2016, the GSMA is

introducing the MWC Tours

programme, providing a series of

venue tours to address the specific

needs of different audiences at

Mobile World Congress. Led by

subject matter experts, Industry

Topic Tours will offer insights in key

industry focus areas such as 5G, the

IoT, Media, Retail and Security and

highlight Mobile World Congress

exhibitors active in these areas.

Orientation Tours are webinarbased

virtual tours designed to help

attendees new to Mobile World

Congress navigate the venue and

identify the exhibits, activities and

programmes that will meet their

individual requirements. Further,

attendees and companies can also

work with the GSMA to develop

Bespoke Tours tailored to their

specifications.

New Partner Programmes in the

Theatre District

The GSMA announced several new

Partner Programmes taking place

in the Theatre District at Fira Gran

Via, including Partner Events and

Professional Training sessions:

• Partner Events – New partners

hosting events in the Theatre District

include Adobe, with a half-day

programme on Monday, 22 February,

and Freescale, who will hold a halfday

session on Tuesday, 23 February.

• Professional Training – Award

Solutions, the Technology Training

Partner of Mobile World Congress,

will offer training events on the latest

network-transforming technologies.

On Tuesday, 22 February, they will

host “Learn about LTE – Advanced,

Cloud RAN and 5G”. On Wednesday,

23 February, they will hold “Learn

about Network Virtualisation with

SDN, NFV and Cloud”, with specific

sessions that cover technology

fundamentals and network

performance, as well as mobile

capacity and availability planning.

Professional Training events are

open to all Mobile World Congress

attendees.

GSMA Seminars at Mobile World

Congress

At Mobile World Congress, the GSMA

hosts a range of seminars designed to

provide insights and updates on key

GSMA and industry initiatives. GSMA

Seminars will be held across the

four days of Mobile World Congress

and will focus on topics such as

Connected Living, Connected

Women, Digital Commerce, Digital

Inclusion, Disaster Response, Mobile

Money, mYouth, Network 2020,

Personal Data/Mobile Connect and

Spectrum. The GSMA Seminars will be

open to all Mobile World Congress

attendees and schedule of sessions

will be available in the coming

months.

The Mobile Explorers Club

The Mobile Explorers Club provides

an exciting educational programme

designed specifically for children of

Mobile World Congress attendees.

Held across the four days of

Mobile World Congress, the Mobile

Explorers Club features hands-on

activities focusing on mobile and

technology, with three distinct zones

exploring robotics and engineering;

design, arts, multimedia and app

development; and gaming. The

Mobile Explorers Club is open to

children between the ages of eight

and 15.

The Mobile World Congress is the

cornerstone of the Mobile World

Capital, which will be hosted

in Barcelona through 2023. The

Mobile World Capital encompasses

programmes and activities that

span the entire year and will benefit

not only the citizens of Barcelona,

Catalonia and Spain, but also the

worldwide mobile industry.

38 November 2015


INTERVIEW

The next phase for content delivery

EVVO is currently looking for dynamic partners in the

Middle East that can complement EVVO’s unique and

broad range of product and services

Jack Wong, Managing Director - EVVO Media

Interview - Khalid Athar

Question: Please tell us about the

background of EVVO Media

Answer: EVVO Media was started

8 years ago as a digital media

company that focused on Live

Webcasting and Video-on-Demand

(VoD) of High Definition (HD) content

over the internet.

This unique service offering gave the

company incredible insight as well

as experience in managing products

from Content Delivery Networks

(CDN) and Security Solutions which

we have refined into multiple

product/solutions that are currently

being offered by the company.

Q: Could you please give us an

update on the Silicon Valley Office

that was schedule to go live by

October? How will this office benefit

EVVO Labs?

A: Our Silicon Valley Office has

been set up as per schedule and

this has enabled EVVO to have a

first-hand insight on the latest and

most innovative product/solutions

available.

Having established and solidified

our position in providing innovative

solutions to our clientele, we

are constantly looking for new

breakthrough in technology to

accentuate EVVO’s reputation

in adopting new technology with

existing solution and workflow to

provide a holistic service offering to

our users.

Q: Earlier, we discussed the possibility

of a medtech and healthcare

focused division of EVVO Labs. Would

you like to elaborate on the idea?

A: The medical and healthcare

sector is a growing market in

Singapore as well as around the

world. The company is committed

to create a focused division for

said product and solutions to better

serve this sector with innovative and

efficient technologies.

2016 will be an important year for EVVO as

we have been building up on our product and

service offerings for the past few years

EVVO has already formed

partnerships with a few up and

coming products pertaining to

medical and healthcare technology

and we will be announcing said

partnerships soon. With this in place,

EVVO would have a full suite of

services that includes; Cloud, Media,

Mobile, Infra, Security and Medical.

EVVO is currently

looking for dynamic

partners in the

Middle East that can

complement

EVVO’s unique and

broad range of

product and service

offerings.

Q: Could you give us some details on

your broadcasting platform?

A: The company’s proprietary

broadcasting platform or Video

Hosting and Streaming Platform

(VHSP) as termed by the Singapore

Government was developed

internally by EVVO and refined to suit

specific needs of our users.

It provides a simple to use solutions

that empowers users to upload,

managed and deliver all forms

of content to both private and

public viewers all over the globe.

The next product evolution of the

platform would be to integrate sub

competencies such as Lecture Room

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With expertise in numerous types of technologies

that span from Media, Security to Medtech, EVVO is

working towards the concept that as long as there is

a user requirement for technology, the name EVVO

would be the first brand that comes to mind.

integration as well as Small Object

Delivery that will truly provide a one

stop content hosting platform for our

end users.

Q: Where do you see the future of

content delivery heading? In which

areas does the future of media

companies like EVVO Media exist?

A: EVVO believes that the next

phase for content delivery would be

the diversification of content being

delivered as well as the ability to

handle huge amount of data across

locations in the most efficient and

cost effective manner possible.

EVVO has the unique position of

being a solutions owner in the

region and not rely heavily on

off the shelf products. This has

allowed the company to explore

Big Data Delivery as well as other

complementary solutions such as

Security Products and Hosting Service

Offerings to our end user. We have

to constantly expand our service

range while not compromising on

our professional approach towards

delivering services to our users.

Q: Which of your core offerings would

you categorize as the pillars of EVVO

Labs and your core strengths?

A: The core offerings of EVVO have

been recognized by our public

sector clientele in being awarded

bulk tenders in Digital Media (Video

Hosting and Streaming Platform/

VHSP) as well as Cloud Security

(DDoS Mitigation Services/DMS).

The company competencies in

Cloud Infrastructure has been

gaining strength in recent years and

EVVO is currently providing managed

services for numerous public sector

as well as Telcos within the region.

The core strengths of EVVO would be

the human assets that we have within

the organization. Having managed

numerous genres of technology

over the years (Media, Security,

Infrastructure, Mobile and etc),

EVVO has been able to effective

manage new technologies with ease

while bringing it to market. This has

given EVVO a strong reputation of

representing new technologies with

a level of professionalism that users

appreciate.

Q: What level of competition are you

currently facing? What makes you

distinctive from other solutions and

offerings?

A: The company is always facing new

competition from up and coming

entrants into the market from multiple

sectors that we are in, and while it is

important to keep an eye on what

the competition is doing, EVVO is

more focused on ensuring that we

continue to maintain and improve

on our existing product and service

offerings.

As mentioned, EVVO as an

organization has formed different

Business Units (BU) that are focused

on different types of technologies

and innovation. These BUs are all

subject experts in their own areas

of expertise and once combined,

it allows EVVO to provide a holistic

service offering to our users that gives

them a one stop shop for all of their IT

needs with an ease of mind.

Q: Could you give us some details

about your plans to scale up in the

Middle East?

A: EVVO is currently looking for

dynamic partners in the Middle East

that can complement EVVO’s unique

and broad range of product and

service offerings.

The Middle East provides a vast array

of opportunities for EVVO with its

diverse culture and open adoption of

technology.

Q: Entering into 2016, what will be

your focus areas for EVVO Media?

How do you see the future of your

company?

A: 2016 will be an important year for

EVVO as we have been building up

on our product and service offerings

for the past few years. EVVO has

started planning for a complete

The core offerings of

EVVO has been recognized by our

public sector clientele in being

awarded bulk tenders in Digital Media

as well as Cloud Security

consolidation of our product and

services going into 2016 so as to

provide convenient, cost savings and

ease of use to our users.

With expertise in numerous types

of technologies that span from

Media, Security to Medtech, EVVO

is working towards the concept that

as long as there is a user requirement

for technology, the name EVVO

would be the first brand that comes

to mind.

40 November 2015


ITU Telecom World 2015 accelerates global ICT

innovation to help improve lives

Event provided unique international platform to hold dialogue, exchange and

exhibit ideas, forge partnerships between government, industry and SMEs

Teletimes Report

ITU Telecom World 2015 closed its

doors on October 15 at Hungexpo,

Budapest (Hungary)following an

exceptional week of dialogue,

debate, networking and showcasing.

The event, which welcomed over

4,000 participants from 129 countries

brought together an impressive

line-up of top-level government

representatives, leaders of industry

– from established players to SMEs

and young start-ups, from emerging

and developed markets – along

with high-level representatives

of international organizations,

entrepreneurs, accelerators,

incubators and academia. Among

these were over 235 ICT leaders from

around the world.

The exhibition included big names,

countries and SMEs from across the

world. Some 50 countries, regions

and their SMEs were represented

including Argentina, Azerbaijan,

Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium,

Botswana, China, Djibouti, Egypt,

Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India,

Iran, Indonesia, Kenya, Republic

of Korea, Macedonia, Malawi,

Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan,

Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia,

Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal,

South Africa, Spain, Switzerland,

Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda,

United Arab Emirates, United

Kingdom, USA, and Zimbabwe.

Gabon, Kenya, Uganda and

Rwanda came together within the

Smart Africa zone on the show floor.

Top global exhibitors and sponsors

participating included Airtel,

Alibaba, ATDI, China Mobile, China

Telecom, China Unicom, Ericsson,

Etisalat Nigeria, GEW Technologies,

Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT, LS telcom,

Magyar Telekom, Microwave Vision

Group, Rohde and Schwarz, Sonatel-

Orange, TDIA, UPC and ZTE.

The Event Opening day, which

took place in the presence of H.E

János Áder, President of Hungary

and H.E Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s

Prime Minister, was preceded by the

launch of a special commemorative

stamp issued by Magyar Posta,

on the occasion of ITU’s 150th

anniversary.

“This week we have marked the

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150th anniversary of the foundation

of ITU, hosted by Hungary – one of

our original 20 founding members.

We have also marked the first step

in ITU’s new focus; to provide an

international platform for SMEs,

governments and major industry

players to connect, share views,

challenges and experiences and

hold meaningful dialogues,” said

ITU Secretary General, Houlin Zhao.

“Together, with all these stakeholders,

we have explored how SMEs are

the engine for much innovation,

where their ability to take risks and

move fast can be key. We hope

that now this will lead to a greater

cross-pollination of ideas and forging

of new relationships between SMEs,

governments and established ICT

players to help scale and deliver

innovative solutions globally, and

improve lives.”

“ICT and telecommunication play a

crucial role in Hungary’s economy,

thus hosting ITU Telecom World this

year was a great opportunity for our

domestic companies. Innovation is

the bridge to the future, and due

to this event the Hungarian startups

and relevant corporations

have been linked more intensively

into the global ecosystem. The

Next Generation Day provided an

astonishing example of the creativity

of the experts of the future,” said H.E.

Miklós Seszták, Hungary’s Minister of

National Development.

Spotlight on global innovation

The event’s core themes of

accelerating innovation for social

impact and they ways in which SMEs

are driving this innovation were in

evidence throughout the event.

A total of 238 exhibitors made

their mark at ITU Telecom World’s

exhibition space. National pavilions

and world-famous technology

brands demonstrated their

innovation and talents alongside

start-ups and SMEs from across the

world.

“Intel believes that driving innovation

is an essential goal for government

and businesses from all around

the world. Solving global problems

starts with affordable access, active

use of technology and capacity

building. Therefore we are supporting

great ideas and programmes

– such as the Young Innovators

Competition – that bring together

young innovators and give them the

chance to present themselves to

the international audience at this

event,” said Gordon Graylish, Vice

President and General Manager,

Governments and World Ahead,

Intel Corporation and a key ITU

Telecom World 2015 participant

and speaker.

The event showcased sponsored

sessions from KT, GTI, China Mobile

and TDIA, Japan’s MIAC, Huawei

and Intel, covering a range of

different areas from 5G-enabled

applications to TD-LTE, the future

potential of the Internet of Things

(IoT), industry policy hotspots and

trends and technological innovation,

as well as tackling the global

hallenge of youth unemployment.

A number of activities and social

events helped participants meet,

network and connect throughout

the week, including the Opening

Ceremony, the Leaders Lunch, a

vibrant Welcome Reception, the

Smart Africa Panel Lunch discussion

hosted by Uganda on behalf of the

SMART Africa countries, Nigeria Night,

the Gabon networking lunch and

the Enterprise Europe Networking

matchmaking event.

Over 140 media accredited from

21 countries to learn more and speak

to the Heads of State, entrepreneurs

and industry figureheads

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epresenting the ICT community.

Press announcements kept the focus

on innovation, an example being

Argentina’s ARSAT and AFTIC space

satellite programme, which reached

a milestone as it moved its second

satellite into position 36,000 kilometres

from the earth during the event.

Workshops, cocktails and on-stand

demonstrations kept a flow of visitors

involved and entertained on the

lively show floor.

“This is a unique opportunity for us

to be present with such a great

number of like-minded individuals,

and for an SME like us, it gives us a

wonderful insight to see what our

counterparts and peers are coming

up with, and of course the main

value is to network and gather as

much experience and knowledge

as we can in these few days,” said

Maté Toth, business developer with

the company Personal Video, and

showfloor participant at the event.

Smart ICTs for Sustainable

Development

ITU’s own Smart ICTs for Sustainable

Development Pavilion, led by the

organization’s Telecommunication

Development Bureau, was one of

the hubs of the showfloor, with a

packed programme of activities.

Daily presentations were held at

the Pavilion’s Speaker’s Corner on

diverse subjects such as drones

and innovation for agriculture;

healthy lives and well-being through

e-health; ‘smart cities’; the power of

mobile technologies for sustainable

development; and how e-commerce

requires new flexible, secure and user

friendly solutions for digital financial

services. At the country level, Estonia

shared its success in e-governance,

explaining how its government

Cabinet is now working 100%

digital and paperless, while Egypt

highlighted its efforts to use ICT for

empowering persons with disabilities.

In parallel, the Pavilion featured

more than 20 Exhibition Pods from a

wide range of stakeholders including

Bupa health care, Kyushu University

in Japan, Grameen Intel Social

Business Ltd, Inmarsat and Intervale.

A number of Co-creation Sessions

were held for show participants,

who had the chance to join indepth

discussions on new ideas

for harnessing ICTs for sustainable

development.

Leadership Summit and Forum

Some 247 speakers from 62

countries took part in plenaries,

panel debates, workshops, highlevel

roundtables and networking

sessions in the Forum and at the

Leadership Summit. Speakers, who

spanned leaders of government,

industry, SMEs, entrepreneurs and

innovators, the initiatives supporting

them, international organizations

and academia, provided truly

global perspectives and viewpoints,

from developed and developing

countries.

Discussions launched with the

Leadership Summit, on 12 October,

which brought highly influential

participants together to share views

and debate how best to accelerate

ICT innovation, open up the digital

economy to all the world’s citizens,

and work together to enable digital

entrepreneurship as a driving force

for socio-economic development.

Sessions moderated by leading

media included the Leadership

Summit Opening, moderated by

Jeremy Wilks of Euronews, and

the Forum plenary on Bridging the

innovation divide: accelerators,

incubators and fostering national

technology champions, moderated

by BBC’s Dan Simmons. World

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Economic Forum (WEF)’s Alex Wong

moderated a plenary session on

Reaching the last mile: innovative

solutions to remaining connectivity

issues, and WEF also took the

occasion to hold a high-level

meeting at the event.

Forum discussions covered hot

topics such as 5G, IoT, reaching the

last mile, optimal spectrum usage,

redesigning public service, scaling

ICT entrepreneurship, big data and

trust. Conversations at the event

extended around the world with

over 2,255 tweets by 839 contributors

reaching over eight million people.

Crucial dialogue

Dialogue between government and

start-ups, and between established

industry players and SMEs, took

centre stage at the event, with

dedicated sessions enabling these

players to connect and examine

issues in-depth. SMEs from Ghana,

Nigeria and the Middle East spoke

with Minsters and international

organizations from around the

world about the challenges they

each face, and how to best

create a fertile environment where

entrepreneurship can flourish. The

SME and Industry dialogue saw an

interactive exchange between on

how both sides of the industry can

work together and the best steps to

help foster innovation.

The Business-to-Government (B2G)

dialogue wrapped up with the

launch by ITU Secretary-General

of the Emerge Partnership,

designed to facilitate public-private

collaboration. Large multinationals,

start-ups and SMEs outlined key

priorities and requirements for

government policy-makers to provide

a vital enabling environment for

innovation and private enterprise.

The Ministerial Roundtable, which

convened representatives from

around the world, closed with the

endorsement of the Budapest

Call for Action emphasizing the

importance of fostering innovation

entrepreneurship and inviting

all stakeholders to implement

innovative solutions, technologies

and partnerships aimed at bridging

the digital divide and ensuring global

connectivity for all.

Young Innovators Competition

The inspirational Young Innovators

Competition winners showcased

their technologies, pitched ideas

and took part in an action-packed

programme of activities, workshops

and collaborations aimed at

accelerating innovation. They

also took part in the Acceleration

Platform, a specially-designed day

of dialogues between government,

industry and SMEs, including

capacity-building, networking and

pitching sessions for competition

winners and SMEs participating at the

event.

“The skills we are learning, and

connections we are making at ITU

Telecom World 2015 this week are

going to change how I work.

I always knew what I was looking

to do as an entrepreneur, but this

has shown me the best ways of

how to do it. After this, I’m sure that

we will be able to make an even

bigger change for the young people

we work with,” said Silvia Dusa,

CEO RandomStartup, 2015 Young

Innovators Competition Winner.

Next steps for the Young Innovators

Programme include a challenge

on applying technology to improve

lives of refugees, launched in

cooperation with GIZ and a

challenge with SAP acting on the

mandate of the SAP University

Alliances programme, that

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44 November 2015


NEWS

U.M.S ‘Queen’ Myanmar wins

ITU ‘Young Investor Award’

Yin Nwe Cho, MD-U.M.S ‘Queen’

The ITU Young Innovators

Competition (YIC) always set

challenges dealing with important

development issues which could

be addressed by technology.

Entrepreneurship is a key economic

driver, and encouraging it is a

major priority for the United Nations

development agenda as well as

governments across the globe.

Increasing entrepreneurship among

groups which are underrepresented

in the tech world is of particular

interest.

YIC holds competitions to look

for gifted young entrepreneurs

with potential and high hopes

with ideas for social enterprises.

Entrepreneurship Challenge is one

of the competitions held by the YIC

and it the main purpose of the goal

is to encourage entrepreneurship

in communities around the world.

competition, leading to the creation

of new companies directly affecting

the economy, and resulting

in increased productivity and

economic growth.

The leading economies of today

and of the future are those who can

harness the power of innovation and

their creative entrepreneurs through

initiatives such as incubators, hubs

and accelerator programmes.

The creation of decent jobs and the

ensuing higher quality of life could

be achieved through programmes

bringing together self-learning and

self-empowerment opportunities.

What is important for this challenge

is that young people around the

world work together to self-empower

people in their communities through

entrepreneurship.

The focus of this challenge will be

U.M.S ‘Queen’ stand at ITU Telecom

World Exhibition 2015, in Budapest

often the same groups who suffer

from crises of unemployment and

underrepresentation in the economy

as a whole, we have a special

focus on connecting young people,

women, minorities, rural communities

and others with tools in the field of

technology.

Award winners of young Enterpreneurs and Innovators competition

at ITU Telecom World 2015, Budapest

These efforts can encourage

entrepreneurs in any field, through

incubation, skill building, mentorship,

sharing resources and collaboration

between small business.

It is through entrepreneurship that

important innovations spin off

and enter the market, increasing

on providing access to resources,

education, incubation, startup

capital, investment and support to

new startups, and on connecting

startups with one another, with

potential employees and with

mentors and experts. Given that the

groups in society who tend to be

underrepresented in technology are

The latest challenge was

participated by 245 ideas from

59 different countries which were

sorted out into 41 in the shortlist

consideration and 28 in the shortlist

with only 2 winners from 245 ideas.

Now, I would like to express my

experience with this competition.

It was during late April as we

heard about the Entrepreneurship

Challenge of the YIC. We thought

about the idea that we could

participate in. After along discussion,

we came up with an idea “SAMS”

(School administration management

system) which would

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ITU Telecom World 2015 (Contd. from P-44)

was announced at the event.

Earlier, on 12th October, launching

the ceremony and acknowledging

the critical role which SMEs and

start-ups play within the ICT

ecosystem and how this forms the

cornerstone of a new and exciting

direction for ITU and ITU Telecom,

ITU’s Secretary General Houlin Zhao

stressed his personal commitment

“to ensuring we implement this new

focus in response to the needs of

the countries, industry and national

and international socio-economic

development.”

Expanding on this vision he added

“We wish to reform ITU Telecom to

create such an international platform

where we can share knowledge,

exchange ideas, best practice, and

inspiration, and facilitate networking

and partnerships with SMEs.”

Addressing a packed auditorium,

Hungary’s Prime Minister H.E Viktor

Orbán spoke of past and present

Hungarian innovators, and outlined

plans for Digital Hungary, noting that

“Hungary can be as proud of its role

in the ICT sector today as it was in the

past. We have grounds to be proud

of the fact that the digital economy

of Hungary is one of the fastest

developing in the EU.”

Kerstin Günther, Managing Director

U.M.S ‘Queen’ Myanmar

assist the teachers, professors and

entrepreneurs who want to establish

and develop schools.

They have much knowledge and

skills in teaching but need assistance

in managing and developing.

SAMS provides all the administrative

works, managing the human

resource, financial planning and a

personal guide for developing the

business and even connects these

entrepreneurs in the SAMS society

where they can discuss, the issues

and investors can invest and local

people can find jobs.

Kerstin Günther

MD - Deutsche Telekom

of Deutsche Telekom’s Pan-Net

and Chairperson of the Board of

Directors of Magyar Telekom, said

“I think it is a powerful message and

feedback for Hungary and the whole

region that ITU brought its jubilee

world conference to Budapest. The

future is present in Hungary, and

Hungary is a hub of the European ICT

industry right now.” Echoing a core

theme of the event, she also noted

that “Digital Hungary will be a real

European success story that may

serve as a role model for any country

in the world also as a blueprint of

how government and industry work

together.”

We worked day and night to

improve the idea and at last

successfully submitted the

application. We were told that our

idea was irrelevant to the challenge

and that our idea was removed. But

we did not give up and ran through

the application again and improved

it rechecking, and counter checking

till it was perfect. We worked with

much passion and desire, and never

thought about giving up. Finally

we got it, we were in the shortlist

consideration and the YIC asked us

for a more detailed application form.

This time, we did not let it happen like

before, we squeezed out many ideas

Viktor Orbán

Prime Minister - Hungary

Marina von Neumann Whitman,

daughter of the late John von

Neumann, a founding figure of

computing, told participants via

a video message that “All of the

ingenuity that characterized my

father continues to be found in

Hungarian citizens of the 21st

century, and the best way today

to exploit this creativity is through

promoting the use of ICTs.”

The Opening Ceremony marked

the start of an action-packed few

days of high-level debate, dialogue

between long-established business,

SMEs and governments, showcasing

and networking.

we could get from a small team

of passion, desire, confidence and

motivation. Finally we re- submitted

the application. Fortunately, we

were in the shortlist of 28 ideas along

with other 2 participants from our

country. We won the competition

with Silvia Dusa from Romania.

“Our School Administration

Management Solution (SAMS)”, a

project which was rejected became

the winning project due to our

confidence, patience, passion,

desire and motivation. I would like

to acknowledge all the judges and

people who helped us develop the

application.

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INTERVIEW

Cross border tracking made simple

Aspenta’s solutions act as borderless location trackers for personal and professional

use with no contracts and no roaming fees. Dr. Walid Moneimne, CEO & Founding

Partner, Aspenta speaks with Teletimes International team at GITEX 2015 about the

company and its solutions.

Interview - Gulraiz Khalid, Toby Ruckert

Gulraiz Khalid: Can you please tell us

about Aspenta and it’s vision?

Walid Moneimne: Aspenta is a

fully licensed US Mobile Operator

and our speciality is the Internet

of Things (IoT). Aspenta aims to

transform business models through

the development of customizable

mobile technology solutions that are

easy to implement and use, have

international reach without added

fees, and enhance security and

reliability.

We basically, through our license

and our technology, have direct

and/or indirect agreements to

have coverage with 650 operators

worldwide in about 200 countries.

We have proprietary technology

enabling worldwide connectivity

for m2m devices. We also have a

patented technology in telecom

HLR and we are also working in SIM

technology. We are building various

products and solutions for direct

customers and for the enterprise OEM

market.

GK: What type of solutions is Aspenta

providing?

WM: The Aspenta product portfolio

covers both consumer and enterprise

sectors including fleet tracking and

logistics management solutions,

customizable and scalable IoT

platform, remote gateways,

global roaming voice, data and

m2m SIM cards, and consumer

tracking devices. Aspenta’s goal is

to transform business models and

improve consumers’ daily lives when

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they are on the move through the

development of products that

provide peace of mind, value

proposition and efficient, easy-touse

technology with an international

reach.

So for example if somebody comes

to us and says I need a device for

tracking that has to go to Rome and

it needs to be alive for a hundred

days and has to report once a day

etc. We are able to build that device

according to the specifications

along with the software and the

connectivity. We have the complete

package and we are able to provide

this at a very low cost. In fact, we

almost sell at a local cost with free

roaming worldwide. If we talk about

a vehicle tracker for personal use, we

are able to sell that for 3 dollars per

month for unlimited use worldwide

including free roaming across the

border.

We build products that come

connected and software-ready out

of the box, and can be enabled

anywhere immediately.

GK: Could you give us some more

details into the location services and

telemetry solutions you are providing

through Vectu?

Our core competence lies in the integration

of the entire solution – in the ability

to provide one solution that comes

connected out of the box.

WM: Depending on what product

you use and how it is configured,

which I might add is very easy to do,

we are able to provide different utility

such as locating people, locating

vehicles and Telemetry solutions.

Locating People

Our devices are easily configured for

the type of usage. We can provide

devices that can be carried in a

bag or a back-pocket so that the

person is being tracked and it can

ring an alarm if the settings are set

accordingly, for example you might

not want a small kid to wander off so

in case they go far away, the device

will trigger an alarm. Our device can

also be configured as a portable

emergency response locator.

In this mode, it will never transmit

nor record your location unless you

require assistance. So if in need

of help during an emergency, a

person can press the button and

the device starts transmitting the

signals.

Locating Vehicles

We have Portable Vehicle Trackers

and also installed Vehicle Tracker

as Internal Atenna. As I have

mentioned, our device is very easy

to use. By answering a few simple

questions, you can quickly configure

how the device will be used and who

should be alerted in the event of a

problem. You may choose to share

your location information, under

what circumstances, and with whom.

The auto-arming feature means that

as long as you are away, the car is

armed.

Telemetry

Aspenta also provides a Wireless

Gateway for Remote Management.

Aspenta’s Vectu Gate is a Digital I/O

Gateway offering complete remote

management solutions allowing

you to monitor, control and analyze

functioning and operation of remote

equipment and company assets.

With Vectu Gate you can wirelessly

48 November 2015


switch on/off street lights, monitor

warnings and alarms (pressure in a

pipe, temperature, water levels),

control any digitally controllable

machinery, start or stop a generator

and much more. Vectu Gate can

be used anywhere where remote

control and monitoring processes are

needed.

Toby Ruckert: Where do you think lies

your core strength?

WM: Our core competence lies in the

integration of the entire solution – in

the ability to provide one solution

that comes connected out of the

box. An IOT solution needs to be an

integrated solution. You cannot just

do the roaming and say I’m waiting

to see how things go, you have

to participate, and that is why we

developed all the building blocks

for hardware and all the building

blocks for software. I’ll give you an

example, last month one company

needed an IOT device and they

made requirement of ten different

things. We were able to provide them

a prototype that was not part of our

product line in less than a month. They

tested it and came back with a very

large unit order based on that. So, we

created almost a customized solution

but one that can be repeatable.

The phenomenon with IOT is that if

customization is 90%, it’s always a new

project which means more time and

higher costs. We tried to create the

The fulfillment of all user requirements,

the ease of use, shorter lead times

and low costs combined make Vectu

one of the best IoT solutions that are available

in the market today

platform, hardware and software so

that customization is only 10%.

This way, it is profitable for the

customer and much faster for us to

do.

TR: Where do you see the future?

Do you see the future in your own

primary products and solutions or in

continuing in the OEM space?

WM: The market is estimated to be

at 2.5 billion connected devices by

2020. So there is enough place for

everybody to participate. What we

believe is that the solution we have

for the industry focused on worldwide

connectivity is going to apply to any

product or solution and the demand

for our solutions will only increase,

both for our direct consumers and

in the OEM space as well. We have

integrated everything into one

solution out of the box which helps

getting high quality and low cost

together that will benefit all types

of customers. So for us, the future is

very bright, and we will continue to

operate in the same way looking

forward to good things ahead of us.

Editor’s note:

Derived from the phrase “Ubiquitous

Location Awareness”, Aspenta’s

unique location technology combines

the best of GSM triangulation (to

work anywhere) with GPS location

(for pinpoint accuracy) to provide

you with the most consistent and

reliable location possible. Even inside

a building, parking garage, or under

a bridge.

The best part about Aspenta is the

ability to provide a ready-to-use

product at the lowest possible costs.

The solutions are easily configured,

can be bought in few units or

thousands as well. Aspenta is able to

fulfill large orders in short times due to

this ease in configuration.

The ability to configure also enables

tackling different needs and

requirements quite easily with less

physical customization. So, all in all,

the fulfillment of all user requirements,

the ease of use, shorter lead times

and low costs combined make

Aspenta one of the best IoT solutions

that are available in the market

today.

November 2015

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50 November 2015


INTERVIEW

Transferring Electronical Knowledge

with Brick’R’knowledge

Dr. Michael Knieling,

Director, Brick’R’knowledge - ALLNET Deutschland GmbH

Interview - Toby Ruckert

Toby Ruckert: How was your

experience at GITEX? It is not the first

time you have participated – some

of our readers would be interested in

how the show has developed over

the years in your opinion?

Michael Knieling: I’ve been at GITEX

quite often since 6 years now with

my former business – VoIP endpoints.

This year I’ve presented for the first

time a new business and its products.

Brick’R’knowledge is an open source

system to learn, teach and develop

electronics. GITEX for me, was and is

the best place to create business in

the Middle East region. The show has

become the place to be if you want

to get in touch with all the players

and customers in the region.

TR: We’ve seen quite a bit of

Robotics and IoT devices at GITEX

this year, where do you think your

“Brick’R’knowledge” system will play

a role in these major industry trends

in the coming years?

MK: With Brick’R’knowledge,

we address a global trend and

movement of people to provide

knowledge to our next generation,

to create their own solutions and

products, to understand major

technology trends and to “Make”

something in technology. Brick’s

are not just toys - Brick’R’knowledge

provides the users an ideal tool to

start with electronics, to bridge the

knowledge gab between hardware

and software development

by integration of single board

computers as Arduino, Raspberry

Pi or Banana Pi in the whole set

up. We’ve presented at GITEX, the

different types of sets to learn and

prototype analog electronics, to

make experiments with Arduino type

of products and how to create your

own IoT environment - New sets will

follow soon.

We are calling kids, parents,

engineers, geeks, nerds, students,

teachers to join us and become part

of the Brick’R’knowledge world.

Everyone can develop new

bricks and experiments. There

is no limit and the system is open

source.

TR: What does “Brick’R’knowledge”

stand for and who invented it?

MK: Brick´R´knowledge is an

innovative plug system which can

be used to transfer electronical

knowledge very easily, fast and

playfully. Children can dig into the

world of electronics playfully and

with the help of our manuals and

videos, it is just as much fun as

playing with building blocks! Pupils

and students get used to the theory

in transferring what they learned into

practice.

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With our exciting plug system,

students can finally try out the stuff

that is normally only written on the

blackboard. Teachers, professors and

Our vision is to

create a global

community

of users, developers,

students, teachers

who create their

own solutions ased on

our Brick’R’knowledge

system

parents will be able to bring life to

lessons! With our Bricks you can boost

the creativity of your

students and motivate them to

experiment by themselves. And

last but not least developers and

engineers can use Brick’R’knowledge

for fast prototyping and

documentation. The system will save

time and changes your imagination

of testing for ever – totally without tin

solder.

Brick’R’knowledge was invented

by Rolf-Dieter Klein. He is one of

the German IT pioneers. Rolf-Dieter

started in the nineties in the ICT

industry and ran various TV shows

about computers and trends.

TR: Are there different type Bricks,

can you give some examples what

they do/what types there are?

MK: We have more than 400

different bricks available. It starts with

basic bricks for analog electronics

like switches, buzzers, resistors,

capacitors, diodes, transistors, coils,

LED’s etc. These bricks are available

as single bricks or as sets for starters

or advanced users. The advanced

set comes with other types of bricks

as well like a brick with the famous

Timer 555 or amplifiers and relays. For

those interested in doing experiments

and developments with single board

computers we provide bricks to use

Arduino, Raspberry Pi or Banana

Pi types of products as part of our

system. One of the latest sets that we

just launched at GITEX is an Arduino

coding set. It comes with an Arduino

Nano brick and digital bricks like a

OLED display brick, a D/A converter,

7-segment display brick etc.

Besides the mentioned analog and

digital bricks we offer IoT bricks, solar

panel bricks and accumulator bricks

for energy harvesting experiments as

well asa LED Bricks and sets to create

large displays.

But as it is expected for an open

source system, we provide a

Do-it-Yourself-Set to make your

own bricks and become a maker as

well. Our vision is to create a global

community of users, developers,

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students, teachers who create

their own solutions based on our

Brick’R’knowledge system.

Everybody should feel free to join us.

TR: How safe is it to use? What if

somebody accidentally connects the

wrong bricks?

MK: The system runs on 9 Volt

and long as the included power

supply brick is used for the

experiments, the usage of the system

is not hazardous to humans. We strictly

advise never to connect any brick

direct to any main power supply

(115V/220V).

We provide the safety information

with the handbooks and it is

completely safe to use as long as the

instructions are followed.

With our exciting

plug system, students

can finally try out the

stuff that is normally

only written on the

blackboard

Furthermore, even if a user creates

a short circuit during experiments,

nothing will be happen. Only a

lighting LED in the power supply

brick indicates that something has

gone wrong.

TR: Apart from the education sector,

do you see certain usage and

application possibilities in industrial

electro-technological prototyping? If

so, which ones?

MK: We are focused on the ‘maker’

community. Creative people with a

strong focus on learning and getting

their own projects done are the kind

of people we are focusing on. The

educational sector is our major target

but we are open even to privatedriven

training areas for amateur

radio enthusiast, in fact HAM radio is a

global movement.

We are in touch with Silicon vendors

interested to provide latest chipsets,

sensors etc. as bricks instead of

making evaluation boards. It will make

it easier for engineers to

create their own applications

based on the latest chipsets which is

our ultimate objective.

TR: Do you see a possible use case for

the telecom industry?

MK: Yes, I do see a lot of application

in the telecom industry. It starts

with a simple Morse Telegraph to learn

the good old Morse alphabet. As I

already mentioned,

the IoT brick we do have the

opportunity to work on Internet-

Telecom-Home. As the system is open,

the community can and will create

new solutions for the

telecom industry as well. Be it GHz

devices or light communication,

everything is possible.

TR: Can you give a few examples

what people have built so far?

MK: I saw a complete solution for

Amateur Radio Direction Finding used

in a so called fox hunting competition.

Try imagining metrological stations, FM

Radio etc. You can find a lot of these

examples at https://www.facebook.

com/BrickRknowledge/ or https://

www.brickrknowledge.de/en/.

TR: What is your plan for the Middle

East? How are you focusing on

distribution so far?

MK: We do have a strong, innovative

distribution partner in the Middle East

called Sitec (http://sitec.ae/)

and we have been working

together for many years. In addition

to Brick’R’knowledge, Sitec distributes

our Allnet branded products in the

region as well. During GITEX we’ve

had the opportunity to get in touch

with many universities. We do expect

to create with them, a community

in the Middle East using, studying

and working with our innovative

Brick’R’knowledge system as well .

TR: Finally, if anybody wants to

experiment with it, where can they

buy a starter set?

MK: You can buy our products from

our partner Sitec. Sitec is serving the

Middle East, Africa and South Asia

region. (http://sitec.ae/)

November 2015

53


NEWS

Inmarsat welcomes President Xi Jinping

of the People’s Republic of China to London HQ

Hoi Kwan Miu

Inmarsat welcomed the President of

the People’s Republic of China, Mr Xi

Jinping to its London headquarters,

as part of the President’s historic

State Visit to the UK.

The prestigious visit reflects the

close working relationship between

Inmarsat and China. China was

one of the eighty-six countries that

came together to found Inmarsat

with a maritime safety mandate and

over thirty five years later Inmarsat

continues to contribute to safety and

security in Maritime and Aviation

and more recently during disaster

situations in China.

President Xi, accompanied by

HRH The Duke of York, the Chinese

Ambassador to London, Mr Liu

Xiaoming, The Right Honourable

Greg Hands and Inmarsat

executives, viewed Inmarsat’s

Network Operations Centre to

understand how Inmarsat is able

to uniquely contribute to President

Xi’s One Belt One Road (‘OBOR’)

strategic vision through the provision

of critical global mobile broadband

connectivity services, including

Inmarsat’s revolutionary new service,

Global Xpress.

Inmarsat has already signed a

Memorandum of Understanding

(MOU) with China Transport

Telecommunication & Information

Centre (CTTIC) to establish a strategic

partnership to deliver Inmarsat’s

revolutionary Inmarsat-5 Global

Xpress mobile satellite broadband

communications connectivity

throughout China and OBOR. The

MOU creates the framework for

an exclusive strategic relationship

between Inmarsat and CTTIC to

develop business opportunities

in China and OBOR for CTTIC’s

Chinese government and enterprise

customers through the unique and

revolutionary capabilities of the

Inmarsat-5 satellites. It also sets out

the framework for Inmarsat and

CTTIC to establish a partnership to

provide global aviation passenger

connectivity and next generation

safety services to Chinese airlines.

Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat,

said: “We were most honoured to

welcome President Xi to our London

headquarters. His visit reinforces

the long and trusted relationship

Inmarsat has had with China since

our establishment in 1979 and

underscores our commitment both

to strengthening our partnership

with our long-established channel

partners in China and to supporting

President Xi’s visionary ‘One Belt

One Road’ strategic initiative. We

welcome the visit as an opportunity

to demonstrate how our business and

humanitarian partnership with China

can continue to grow and develop,

bringing commercial, technological

and social benefits both within

China and to countries within

OBOR and indeed to Chinese

businesses across the globe.”

54 November 2015


NEWS

Intelsat and JSAT to bring High Throughput

capacity to Asia Pacific to meet growing mobility

and broadband demands

Sarah Nicholson

Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT

Corporation announced that the

two companies have signed a

definitive agreement to form a

joint venture that will launch a new

satellite with optimized C-band and

high throughput Ku-band capacity

to satisfy the growing mobility and

broadband connectivity demands

in the Asia-Pacific region. To be

known as Horizons 3e, the satellite is

based on the Intelsat EpicNG high

throughput design which, upon

launch, will complete the global

footprint of the Intelsat EpicNG next

generation platform. The satellite

will be stationed at the 169 degrees

East orbital location with a launch

expected in the second half of 2018.

Building upon a successful alliance

between the two operators, the

Horizons 3e satellite marks the fourth

satellite to be owned jointly by JSAT

and Intelsat, following Horizons-1

(launched in 2003); Horizons-2

(launched in 2007) and Intelsat 15/

JCSAT-85 (launched in 2009).

With the most advanced digital

payload on a commercial satellite,

bandwidth flexibility and power

portability, Horizons 3e will bring

high performance, improved

economics and simple access to the

aeronautical and maritime mobility,

cellular backhaul, corporate

enterprise and government

customers operating in the region.

“The collaboration marks another

milestone in our long history with

JSAT,” stated Stephen Spengler,

Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat.

“With Horizons 3e, we will introduce

the Intelsat EpicNG platform to the

Asia-Pacific region, completing

our global high throughput

footprint and enhancing our

IntelsatOne® Flex service platform.

The scalability, power and flexibility

Stephen Spenglar, CEO - Intelsat

of Intelsat EpicNG will provide

commercial and governmental

aeronautical and maritime services

with unprecedented seamless,

contiguous broadband coverage

over the most widely trafficked

routes from the Atlantic to the

Pacific. In addition, the higher

performance and improved

economics of Intelsat EpicNG will

enable fixed and mobile network

operators to expand their networks

and provide much needed

broadband connectivity to the more

remote communities of the region.”

“Horizons 3e is a significant project

for both Intelsat and JSAT,” stated

Shinji Takada, President & Chief

Executive Officer, JSAT. “This new

state-of-art satellite will lead to the

expansion of our next generation

business in the Asia and Pacific

region utilizing the HTS technology.

Satellite communications demands

for the region will definitely continue

to grow and the project is essential

for us to uptake of the growth

demand for the region.”

Intelsat appoints Brian Jakins

as Regional VP Sales in Africa

Intelsat announced that Brian Jakins

has been named as the company’s

Regional Vice President of Sales

in Africa, effective immediately.

Mr. Jakins will be based in

Johannesburg, South Africa and

report to Jean-Philippe Gillet, VP,

Europe and MEA region.

With over two decades of

experience in the technology

sector, including services to

enterprises and mobile operators,

Mr. Jakins will lead Intelsat’s African

sales team and support the growth

of Intelsat’s broadband, mobility

and media customers operating

in the region. He will also be

responsible for the design and

implementation of the company’s

sales strategy and business

development across Africa.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Mr. Jakins

served as the Vice President of

Sales and Services Africa at Aviat

Networks, a leading global provider

of microwave networking solutions.

During his tenure, Aviat Networks

expanded its geographic footprint

and revenues showed significant

growth in the African region. Mr.

Jakins has also held senior sales

management positions of increasing

responsibility at companies

such as Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens

Telecommunications and Wireless

Data Services South Africa.

November 2015

55


NEWS

Eutelsat steps up African broadband plans with

new-generation High Throughput Satellite

All-electric satellite to launch in 2019, to set new standards

for satellite broadband in Africa

Eutelsat Communications has

unveiled the next step in its

broadband strategy for Africa with

the order from Thales Alenia Space of

a new-generation High Throughput

Satellite offering unprecedented

operational flexibility. To be launched

in 2019, the all-electric satellite will be

the first to use Thales Alenia Space’s

new Spacebus Neo platform.

Eutelsat’s order of a high-capacity

broadband satellite follows its recent

announcement of the lease of

Ka-band capacity on the AMOS-6

satellite that will enable broadband

services to be delivered in Sub-

Saharan Africa from the end of 2016.

With this follow-on standalone satellite,

Eutelsat will broaden its African

footprint, deliver significant resources

for broadband services and set a

new benchmark for flexibility in High

Throughput Satellites. By using the allelectric

Spacebus Neo platform, that

combines high efficiency and light

weight, Eutelsat will also benefit from

competitive launch conditions.

The baseline mission of the new

satellite is to provide 75 Gbps of

capacity across a network of 65

spotbeams that together provide

quasi-complete coverage of Sub-

Saharan Africa. The satellite will

address direct-to-user consumer and

enterprise broadband services using

dishes from approximately 75 cm.

It will also be used for community

networks connected to Wi-Fi hotspots,

mobile phone backhauling and rural

connectivity.

Eutelsat has the option in the

coming months to upscale the

satellite to significantly increase

overall throughput and service

areas. Eutelsat’s African broadband

business, including sales, will be

managed by a newly created

London-based affiliate.

Commenting on the contract, Michel

de Rosen, Chairman and CEO of

Eutelsat, said: “We are excited by

the opportunity to bring the most

advanced satellite broadband

technologies to Africa. With the

Spacebus Neo platform proposed

by Thales Alenia Space we can

push back new boundaries in

High Throughput Satellites in order

to deliver quality and affordable

broadband services in the many

countries in Africa where the drive to

increase Internet penetration is a key

priority.”

Jean Loic Galle, President and CEO

of Thales Alenia Space, added: “We

are very proud of our selection by

Eutelsat to deliver the first all-electric

Spacebus Neo satellite. Spacebus

Neo combines proven heritage with

innovation to offer a fully modular

platform with a smart Ka-HTS payload

for unrivalled flexibility and maximum

throughput.

Rodolphe Belmer to succeed Michel de Rosen

as CEO of Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications

announced that Michel de Rosen

has informed the Board of Directors

that he will step down from his

position as Chief Executive Officer

in March 2016. He will remain in the

role of non-executive Chairman of

the Board of Directors of Eutelsat until

the end of his current mandate in

November 2016, at which point his

mandate will be submitted to the

Annual Shareholders’ Meeting for

renewal.

Eutelsat’s Board of Directors has

elected Rodolphe Belmer as the

successor to Michel de Rosen in

the role of Chief Executive Officer,

effective from 1 March 2016. In order

to create the conditions for a smooth

transition process he will join Eutelsat

on 1 December 2015 as Deputy

CEO, alongside Michel Azibert,

Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial

and Development Officer. He will be

proposed as a member of Eutelsat’s

Board at the Annual Shareholders’

Meeting of November 2016.

56 November 2015


REPORT

CASBAA Convention brings together the biggest

wave makers in the broadcast industry

Establishing effective business models central to make navigating the

new landscape of OTT work

Teletimes Report

The two-day annual CASBAA

Convention with the theme ‘Making

Waves’ brought together key industry

players in the broadcast, cable

and satellite industry to discuss and

debate the hottest topics and latest

developments in the industry today.

With the introduction of OTT and

digital broadcast services now an

established fact, key themes of the

day focused on creating quality

and relevant content, as well as

localization, agile distribution and

protection of content.

Secretary for Administration for the

Hong Kong SAR Government, Carrie

Lam, gave an introductory speech

where she underscored that the

Rule of Law and freedom of

expression were vital to the

fundamental strength of the

broadcast industry.

David Shing, the Digital Prophet

of AOL, then looked at content

consumption from the audience

perspective, highlighting how humans

were at the heart of everything and

that “technology changes behavior

not needs” when looking at the

key developments in the digital

landscape. Li Ruigang, Chairman of

China Media Capital, commented

how there was huge demand from

China for premium content yet “while

content is important, there is the

need to build up a sustainable system

to continue to be able to create

more content”.

New content platforms in Asia were

discussed when Janice Lee from

PCCW gave more detail on the

company’s new global Viu OTT

platform, announced just yesterday.

She mentioned how the company

had to become extremely agile

in turning around their content

in multiple languages to stay

competitive as well as beat illegal

content, Mike Hyun-dong Suh of CJ

E&M discussed how partnerships

were also key to distribution of

content, citing a recent collaboration

with Japanese app Naver as an

example. Greg Beitchman from CNN

International discussed the need to

have content that worked across

all their screens and that this was

meeting with success.

Alon Shtruzman from Keshet Media,

creator of Homeland and other key

global formats, maintained that

content is, as ever, ‘king’.

How to engage with fans with

content was discussed by Sam

Rogoway, CEO, Victorious who

believed their creation of a

community of superfans would

“change the way fans interact and

engage with content.” Distribution of

content was discussed by Gwynne

Shotwell, President and COO, SpaceX

who’s company is investigating the

feasibility of launching 4,000 satellites

into space with a view to connecting

people in remote areas throughout

the planet. Jay Samit, CEO, from

SeaChange

Contd. on P-58

November 2015

57


REPORT

Global satellite industry unites as Myanmar

edges closer to “Satellite Sovereignty”

Pending reconfirmation of a new

broadcasting law and further

commitments to the development of

Myanmar’s infrastructure, the global

satellite industry is gearing up again

to discuss the industry’s hot topics

as the highly successful Myanmar

Satellite Forum returns for its second

year (18 November at Myanmar

Event Park, Yangon.

Building on the success of 2014, this

year’s forum is already proving to

be quite the global congregation as

exhibitors from some of the world’s

leading telecommunications regions

including Europe, Asia and North

America unite to develop influential

ideas, relationships and partnerships

for the future of Myanmar

communications.

Mario Querner, VP Asia at Newtec,

is among the line-up of experts due

to attend the forum and will take

Mario Querner, VP Asia - Newtec

part in a panel titled ‘Myanmar’s

Connectivity Rollout, Broadband

offering opportunity to make rapid

advances in social and economic

development.’

“As the satellite industry evolves,

operators and service providers

are facing new challenges and

preparing for the future is becoming

increasingly difficult,” said Querner.

“As a result, choosing flexible,

scalable and efficient technologies

which reduce OPEX and CAPEX is

becoming increasingly important.”

Myanmar is expected to launch

its own satellite within five years

to protect its spatial sovereignty.

In addition to supporting mobile

network backhaul, satellite services

will be crucial for supporting key

sectors: Defence, education, health,

banking, mining and agriculture.

This year’s event is set to be even

more successful, as it partners

with more than 20 international

satellite industry companies such

as platinum sponsors AsiaSat, ABS

and SpeedCast, who will all have

representative speakers at this year’s

forum.

Contd. from P-57

took a hard line on the future of the

pay TV business “the pay TV business

as we know it is dead. Piracy of

content was next on the agenda with

Mark Mulready of Irdeto showcasing

just how difficult it is to distinguish legal

from illegal content sites.

With piracy followed the issue if

regulation where Ajit Pai from the US

Federal Communications Commission

and R.S. Sharma from the Telecom

Regulatory Authority of India both

agreeing that governments should

take a less restrictive approach to

regulation to allow new business

models to take shape.

The second day of the CASBAA

Convention took an in-depth look

at some of the technology as well

as advertising models and revenue

streams that are making waves in

the new world of OTT. Gathering key

players from the broadcast industry

across the region, the convention

discussed some of the most pertinent

issues facing the broadcast industry

today.

Khush Kundi of Ericsson, Sushant

Sharma of Accedo, Lee Risk of

GfK, Nick Burfitt from Kantar Media,

Kantar, Keld Nielsen, David Downey

from INVIDI, Josh Black of GroupM,

Riaz Mehta of Imagine Group, Tony

Chow of Marriott International,

Sumeet Jaisinghani of Saban Capital

Group, Fritz Demopoulos of Queen’s

Road Capital, Sander Hamersma of

Barclays, Mark Britt from iflix, Peter

Bithos from HOOQ, Ivy Wong from

VS Media. also spoke during the

convention.

The UNICEF Child Rights Award for

Television was also awarded at 2nd

day’s session. The winner was GMA

Networks from the Philippines for

their emotionally compelling work on

child manual labor in the Philippines,

BAMBOO.

This year’s CASBAA Convention

concluded with a fun debate on

key statements regarding the future

of the broadcasting industry for the

audience to vote on. Propositions

such as ‘mobile will be the

predominant screen, the 30 second

TV slot is dead and insightful curation

is the future of television were posited

with the audience mainly agreeing

that the TV screen will prevail, as will

the 30 sec ad slot, and that curation is

essential to the future of TV.

Sponsors for the CASBAA Convention

2015 include: ABS, Accedo, Akamai,

AMC, APT Satellite, AsiaSat, Asia

Television Limited, Brightcove, Conax,

ContentWise, CreateHK, Discovery

Networks Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat, France

24, Ideal Group, InvestHK, Irdeto,

ITV Choice, Kantar Media, Letv,

Lightning, MEASAT, MediaExcel, One

Championship, Patron Spirits, PCCW,

PwC, RTL CBS Asia, Scripps Networks

Interactive, SES, TIME NOW, The

University of Chicago Booth School

of Business, Time Warner, True Visions,

Turner, TV5Monde and Victorious.

58 November 2015


INTERVIEW

“Mobility is a ‘force-multiplier’ for us”

Ben Dornier

Director of Corporate & Community Services, City of Palmerston

Interview - Melina Dia Mantopoulou

We caught up with Ben Dornier,

Director of Corporate & Community

Services at the City of Palmerston,

to chat about his experience and

to capture his thoughts on the

latest industry trends, including the

specific challenges and opportunities

within his industry, mobility as

part of company strategy and how

this enables employee mobility,

disruptive technologies andwhat he’s

most looking forward to at the 6th

Cloud Asia Forum 2015, to be held in

Hong Kong on 24-25 November

Melina: What does your role involve

and how is technology helping your

organisation grow and reach more

customers? What is the role of Cloud

Computing in this?

Ben: My role includes responsibility for

general corporate affairs (finance,

city tax revenue, legal affairs, HR, IT,

contracts, insurance and risk) as well

as governance and strategy (the city

strategy, annual budget, annual

financial reporting, performance

reporting, policy and corporate

strategy), and community services

(libraries, city recreational

facilities, city facilities, city

community services). ICT plays a

major role in ensuring this portfolio

can not only be adequately

delivered, but especially in ensuring

it is done efficiently and sustainably.

Cloud computing is a major player,

with several major systems already

in the cloud, and our transfer of all

corporate ICT systems into public/private

cloud hybrids over the course of

this financial year.

It has reduced our risk and cost base,

and allowed us a shift of

emphasis from employing pure

technical expertise to technical

strategy expertise, allowing us to

focus on our core services while

improving service standards.

M: What do you consider as the three

main challenges for wide

Cloud Computing adoption in Asia

and how do you anticipate they can

be overcome?

B: Interesting question, and really I

can only answer regarding the public

sector – the first is primarily HK based.

I note a reticence amongst

public agencies to provide mobility

solutions to their employees, and I

think this seriously hampers the

effectiveness of cloud based

solutions to get government workers

out of their desks and into the city

infrastructure and services, which I

believe likely drags on costs and

efficiency. With this as a barrier, many

of the benefits of cloud based

solutions will not be readily as

apparent to the government – and

the skill sets of highly competent,

highly mobile workforce will not be

an advantage. Second,

I see the structural issues associated

with data governance and related

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policy as a serious barrier, although

this is steadily decreasing.

As long as policy makers are not

actively addressing cloud

procurement and adoption issues,

the ICT staff supporting internal

decision making will not be able to

recommend new and innovative

M: How much is Mobility part of your

strategy? Is it important for

organisations to enable employee

mobility and reach out to customers

through mobile devices?

B: Mobility is a ‘force-multiplier’ for us

(to borrow from military terms),

which allows us to increase

mobile devices when and where

they need it, and an increasing

proportion of these rely on mobile

devices as their primary access. This

will only increase.

M: How do you think Disruptive

Technologies affect the way

business is done in your industry?

I note a reticence amongst public agencies to

provide mobility solutions to their employees, and

I think this seriously hampers the effectiveness of

cloud based solutions to get government workers

out of their desks and into the city infrastructure

and services, which I believe likely drags on costs

and efficiency. With this as a barrier, many of the

benefits of cloud based solutions will not be readily

as apparent to the government – and the skill sets

of highly competent, highly mobile workforce will

not be an advantage.

models of service delivery without

there being fairly high costs

associated with development. This

continues the prevalence of

‘bespoke systems’ and the myth that

‘our agency and its requirements

are unique, and we need a unique

system’.

I simply do not believe this is true any

longer, and nations which address

this at a federal or national level are

reaping the benefits. Third, in

‘cloudreadiness’, Asia is rapidly

climbing – but this is really a private

sector metric.

I would strongly

advocate that there be a

concerted effort in the industry to

support a public sector metric, which

could bootstrap some of the

incredible work happening in the

private sector, and be a convincing

argument for changes in public

policy towards cloud use.

Public sector use will be a serious

revenue driver once procurement

practices are able to support

government cloud use in the least

restrictive manner appropriate.

productivity while reducing pressures

on human resources. Municipal

employees are able to spend less

time at their desks entering data into

corporate systems, be it for

inspections and assessments of civic

assets, to animal and parking

infringements. For these staff, less

time at the desk means more time

doing the work they were hired to

do. It also allows us to offer better

employment flexibility for staff who

would prefer to operate part time or

odd hours, without some of the

productivity issues often associated

with workplace flexibility. We are also

finding that young employees are

increasingly expecting us to provide

this capability, and quickly adopt

mobile solutions. As for our city

residents, more than 50% are

accessing city information through

B: Technology disruption is continuing

to be a key component, particularly

as older, expensive Line of Business

systems are proving not nearly as

capable as well managed cloud

based solutions. I believe an

increasing disruptor in this area will be

cloud based integration services

offering connections which tie

multiple cloud based solutions into

effectively a single service from the

perspective of the end user. There

will always be a role for major system

suppliers, but increasingly the

aggregated cloud based service

sector will take a large chunk of

market share while reducing the risks

associated to big capex spends and

expensive implementations.

M: What was your interest in

attending Cloud Asia Forum? What

are you looking to achieve by

attending the event?

B: I am looking forward to hearing

the speakers and interacting with

delegates and finding out where

these ‘ah-hah’ moments will occur.

I believe an increasing disruptor in this area

will be cloud based integration services offering

connections which tie multiple cloud based

solutions into effectively a single service from the

perspective of the end user.

This year I am particularly interested

in listening to topics covering C-Level

persuasion, the translation of the

technical advantages of cloud

computing into corporate decision

making involving non-technical

(meaning ICT!) executives. For me, I

think this will be helpful in persuading

elected officials on their own terms

about the benefits of cloud

adoption.

60 November 2015


Partners

PTA

INET Islamabad Conference

“Towards Digital Economy in Pakistan:

Building ICT Agenda for Sustainable Development”

#INET ISB

internetsociety.org/inet-islamabad

INET Islamabad will be host to over

250 participants from government,

Internet service providers and

mobile operators, academe,

financial institutions, information and

communication technologies (ICT)

entrepreneurs, the private sector,

and the general public. Central

to the forum’s theme, “Towards

a Digital Economy in Pakistan:

Building ICT Agenda for Sustainable

Development” will be discussions on

topics highly relevant to Pakistan in

helping achieve this goal.

Organized by Internet Society

Asia-Pacific Bureau in partnership

with Pakistan Telecommunication

Authority and supported by

Telecommunication Industry of

Pakistan, the two-day conference

will feature both international and

national subject matter experts with

broad experience, globally and

nationally, in ICT, policymaking and

development. Some of the key

topics that will be taken up in the

conference are:

● Infrastructure and Connectivity for

Sustainable Development

● e-Gov Architecture, Standards,

Interoperability and Implementation

● Building Trust in Cyberspace

● Growth of ICT Industry

● Digital Financial Inclusion

● Towards a Digital Economy

INET Islamabad will also feature

a high-level ‘Telecommunication

C Level’ meeting scheduled on

16 November to deliberate on to

deliberate on role of ICT sector and

services to achieve development

goals envisioned by Government of

Pakistan through its “Vision 2025”.

Rajnesh Singh, Regional Bureau

Director for Asia-Pacific at the

Dr. Syed Ismail Shah,

Chairman - PTA

Internet Society, says: “Pakistan now

stands at the cusp of breaking into

a digital economy and needs to

make informed choices in fostering

an environment that can use

the Internet and Internet-based

technologies to help drive socioeconomic

opportunities for all. We

look forward to contributing to this

process through INET Islamabad.”

Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman

Pakistan Telecommunication

Authority said: “By hosting the INET

Islamabad we aim to display our

commitment towards the mutual

objective of promoting healthy

debate for the betterment of

Rajnesh Singh, Regional Bureau

Director AP - Internet Society

Pakistan now stands at the cusp of breaking

into a digital economy and needs to make

informed choices in fostering an environment

that can use the Internet and Internet-based

technologies to help drive socio-economic

opportunities for all Rajnesh Singh

Internet and allied services in

Pakistan.

Pakistan has recently shown

tremendous growth potential in

broadband services and economy

has already started getting benefit

of this growth. The goal of this

conference is to get the local

community acquainted with the

internet challenges and how

to be engaged with addressing

these challenges. We hope this

conference will encourage and

contribute towards the awareness

and let the participants share

opinions and insights regarding the

current initiatives.”

November 2015

61


NEWS

Eaman Al Roudhan appointed CEO of Zain Kuwait

With over 20 years of experience, incoming CEO to work closely with the Zain

Group Board and executive team in enhancing Zain Kuwait’s market leadership

Zain Group has announceds the

appointment of Kuwaiti national,

Mrs Eaman Al Roudhan as CEO of

Zain Kuwait, the Group’s flagship

and most profitable operation,

effective 1 December, 2015. Mrs Al

Roudhan will succeed Omar Al Omar

who will return to Zain Group in a

senior advisory role supporting the

Zain Group CEO in transforming the

company into an integrated digital

lifestyle operator.

A results-focused

telecommunications executive, Mrs

Al Roudhan brings over 20 years

of experience to the position, 18

years of which were spent in various

executive management and

leadership roles within Zain Kuwait as

well as several Zain Group affiliates.

Prior to her new appointment, Mrs Al

Roudhan was the Chief Regulatory

Officer of Zain Group.

Mrs Al Roudhan will continue to build

on the healthy foundation of success

laid by Mr Al Omar, who has been

CEO of Zain Kuwait since October

2011 and before that the company’s

Chief Operating Officer and Chief

Commercial Officer, having joined

Zain back in September 2001.

Commenting on the appointment,

Zain Group CEO Scott Gegenheimer

said: “With Mrs Al Roudhan’s

distinguished record and strong

background in regulatory affairs,

mobile technology, strategy

and management, I have every

confidence she is the right person

to take Zain Kuwait to the next level

in solidifying its market leadership. It

is also a significant development in

Zain’s evolution, with Mrs Al Roudhan

being the first women appointed

to a CEO role within Zain Group

operations. ”

The incoming CEO of Zain Kuwait,

Mrs Al Roudhan commented:

“I am honored to be given this

prime opportunity to continue my

rewarding journey with Zain. As the

flagship operation of the Group,

Zain Kuwait is deeply entrenched in

the telecom, economic and social

landscape in the country. I feel

a strong sense of responsibility to

continue working closely with the

Zain Group Board and Executive

management as well as the highly

talented Zain Kuwait team to

maintain the mobile operation’s high

standards and take it to new heights

of innovation and service.”

Mrs Al Roudhan’s successful career at

Zain commenced in 1998 within the

Kuwait operation and launched the

first mobile prepaid service in

the country, which went on to

dominate the country’s prepaid

mobile customer base. As Zain

expanded across the region, Al

Roudhan’s responsibilities also grew

from 2003 onwards as she was an

active participant in the start-up

teams in several Zain operations

across the Middle East, namely

Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, and

Saudi Arabia.

Zain Kuwait partners with Huawei to build

Virtual Network Strategy

Zain Kuwait has signed a business

contract with Huawei to use the

power of virtualized network

technologies to deliver more

dynamic, flexible, and efficient

mobile services to its customers over

the next three years.

The agreement will focus on the

application of a cutting-edge trend

in telecommunications known as

Network Function Virtualization

(NFV). It is a concept that is still

fairly new to the Middle East—Zain

Kuwait is the first regional operator

to practice NFV on a live network—

and which combines traditional

telecommunications hardware with

contemporary cloud-based and

software-driven IT solutions. The result

is a network which can use virtual

processes to streamline operations,

utilize resources more effectively,

and which can be scaled quickly to

meet with customers’ rising service

demands.

62 November 2015


du partners with Omantel to provide

its IPTV services

du has signed a partnership

agreement with Omantel, for its

award-winning IPTV service platform.

Through this regional first tie up

between the operators, Omantel will

be able to launch IPTV service in their

local market using du’s IPTV platform,

thereby reducing their time-tomarket

and offering their customers

a world-class IPTV experience. The

partnership agreement provides an

opportunity for du to expand the

regional reach of its IPTV platform.

Mr. Osman Sultan, Chief Executive

Officer, du, said: “Our partnership

with Omantel marks a significant

step for us as we continue in our

steadfast growth throughout the

region. We are now a regional ICT

player, having diversified from pure

telecommunications, and we’re

expanding our offerings for regional

incumbents”.

Mr. Talal Said Marhoon Al Mamari,

Chief Executive Officer, Omantel,

said: “We are pleased to enter into

this partnership agreement with

du which will enable us to offer

our customers state-of-the-art IPTV

service. As the owner of Oman’s

largest IP network, we believe IPTV

provides a unique opportunity to

offer our customers unmatched

broadcast quality for on-demand

entertainment services”.

This new partnership is demonstrative

of the collaboration potential

between regional operators that

can reduce costs, and create a new

order where operators do not

have to build infrastructure

from scratch, but can rely on partners

to launch new

services and sharing best

practices & offerings.

Hala Badri named Leading Businesswoman of the Year

Hala Badri, Executive Vice President

of Brand and Communications

at du was named the Leading

Businesswoman of the Year by the

WIL Achievement Awards 2015. In a

glittering ceremony held at Jumeirah

Etihad Towers on November 2,

Hala was presented her award by

His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al

Mansoori, the Minister of Economy for

the United Arab Emirates and Sophie

Le Ray, CEO of Naseba and Founder

of the WIL Forum.

Speaking of her achievement, Hala

Badri said: “Being recognised as the

Leading Businesswoman of the Year is

an incredible honour. I hope that my

win inspires other hardworking Emirati

women to aim higher, because they

can achieve their ambition.

Working for a company like du,

who are vested in transforming the

business landscape when it

comes to gender inclusion, has

motivated me to be a change

maker in the UAE. I would like to

express my gratitude to WIL for

this recognition.”

November 2015

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64 November 2015


NEWS

Telenor announces intention

to divest shares in VimpelCom

The Telenor Group has declared

that it will now fully focus on creating

value in core operations.

“The VimpelCom asset, where

Telenor holds a minority position

without the possibility to fully control

the company, has been challenging.

Based on a strategic review by

the Board and the CEO, and after

due considerations, Telenor Group

has decided to divest its shares in

VimpelCom Ltd. The disposal of our

shares is in the best interest of our

shareholders, and in accordance

with Telenor Group’s long-term

strategic focus,” said Mr. Svein Aaser,

Chairman of the Board of Directors of

Telenor Group.

VimpelCom Ltd. has gradually

contributed less to the value of

Telenor Group, and the value of

Telenor’s core operations have

increased rapidly. Today, the

market value of the VimpelCom Ltd.

shares represents approximately

eight per cent of Telenor’s market

capitalization.

“We have maintained growth

through solid performance from

our controlled operations and will

continue to focus on value creation

in our core operations. Our ambition

is to drive profitable growth in the

telecom business, where Telenor

will continue to monetize on the

exponential data usage taking place

across our footprint,” said Mr. Sigve

Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor

Group.

Telenor Group has invested NOK 15

billion in VimpelCom. The company

has received NOK 20 billion in

dividends and the current market

value of the ownership stake is

approximately NOK 20 billion.

Telenor Group says it will explore

all options to divest its shares in

VimpelCom Ltd., and will seek to

Sigve Brekke,

President & CEO, Telenor Group.

find the best solution for Telenor and

its shareholders. A timeframe for

the divestment has not been set,

but a process like this will normally

take some time. As a result of recent

announcement Telenor will not

convert its VimpelCom Ltd. preferred

shares into common shares.

EXPO COMM RUSSIA 2016 - ICT show

of the future for the Russian Market

To be held on April 19-21 in Moscow

E.J. Krause & Associates has

announced their new collaboration

with ITE Russia to co-organize

EJK’s long running and successful

information communications

technology (ICT) event, EXPO COMM

RUSSIA 2016. EXPO COMM RUSSIA

exhibition and conference will take

place on April 19-21, 2016 at VDNH,

Pavilion 75 B in Moscow, Russia.

As the well-known and preferred

meeting point for ICT professionals

in Russia and the Commonwealth

of Independent States (CIS), EXPO

COMM RUSSIA 2016 will present to

exhibitors, sponsors and industry/

government participants the latest

technology advances and enterprise

innovations that are transforming

businesses, services, and numerous

consumer sectors and therefore

benefiting the national economy in

Russia.

EJK has joined forces with the ITE

Group to create the best promotional

platform for ICT firms doing business

in Russia. ITE is a market leader in

Russia’s exhibition industry, with

offices in five cities; Moscow, St.

Petersburg, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk

and Yekaterinburg. Together, EJK and

ITE will continue the long tradition

and success of EXPO COMM RUSSIA

exhibition and conference, held

annually in Moscow.

The technology profile of EXPO

COMM RUSSIA will include Network

Integration, Unified Communications,

Information Management, IOT/

Cloud Computing and Mobile ICT for

Russia’s enterprise community.

Internet of Things, cloud-based

solutions, wearable technologies,

and mobile ICT are new elements

of an expanded technology profile

that will be featured at next year’s

EXPO COMM RUSSIA 2016 event. Of

particular interest to exhibitors and

attendees will be an all-inclusive

Contd. on P-66

November 2015

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REPORT

Broadband Forum demonstrates G.fast as initial

deliverable of Forum’s new Broadband 20/20 Vision

Forum’s Interoperability Pavilion at Broadband World Forum in London

hosts new game-changing ultra-fast technologies

Robin Mersh, CEO BBWF

The Broadband Forum hosted

many new technologies on its

Interoperability Pavilion at the

Broadband World Forum event. This

included the first demonstrations

of G.fast which promises to open

up new residential and business

opportunities at millions of locations.

This also marked the first tangible

deliverable of the Forum’s newly

announced Broadband 20/20

vision. The focus is on specific new

broadband home and business

opportunities that leverage SDN,

NFV, IoT and ultra-fast technologies.

Also on display in the pavilion were

the BBF Certification and Plugfest

programs that underpin key enabling

technologies such as device

management (TR-069) and ultra-fast

access using G-PON, G.fast and

VDSL2.

Teresa Mastrangelo, Senior Analyst

at Heavy Reading said: “Broadband

20/20 is an extremely timely initiative

at a time when there are so many

new technology approaches vying

for attention of operators and there is

a danger of the market becoming

confused and fragmented. By

focusing on the integrated use of

these technologies, the Broadband

Forum helps operators gain the

much-needed confidence in the

business potential of implementing

SDN and NFV in the broadband

network. The importance of the

use cases the Broadband Forum

has developed cannot be stressed

enough.”

Tom Starr, Broadband Forum

President and Lead Member of

Technical Staff at AT&T, said: “The

Broadband 20/20 vision recognizes

that interoperability will be key to the

new world of communications. It is

a core part of the Forum’s work and

strategy and so the Interoperability

Pavilion is the perfect place to

discuss and showcase both the vision

and the emerging technologies such

as G.fast.”

The Interoperability Pavilion, with

its diverse mix of companies and

technologies, gave the Broadband

Forum its first opportunity to

showcase and discuss the ideas

encompassed in Broadband 20/20.

It demonstrates tangibly the holistic

approach that Broadband 20/20 will

take, supporting the development

of broadband in the future and

helping to transform the way people

communicate, purchase and

consume all manner of informational

and entertainment content.

The participating companies in the

Pavilion were ARRIS, ADTRAN,

Axiros, Calix, Digital Lightwave,

Huawei, LAN (the Test Lab of the BBF

G-PON Certification program), MT2,

PIVA Software, SMART/RG, Telebyte

and the UNH-IOL (the Test Lab

of the BBF’s Certification programs

for both TR-069 and G.fast). Also

supporting the Pavilion are the

HomeGrid Forum and the ITU-T, who

both partner with the Broadband

Forum on various technical projects.

“Our presence at Broadband World

Forum will allow us to show more of

how Broadband 20/20 will enable

seamless migration to ultra-fast,

agile connectivity, enabling new

technologies and allowing them to

deliver real value, with exciting new

opportunities for service providers,”

added Robin Mersh, Broadband

Forum’s CEO.

EXPO COMM RUSSIA 2016

Contd. from P-65

conference and showcase

focused on enterprise solutions,

mobile applications, connected

devices, and business services.

Conference keynotes and business

program speakers will emphasize

the development of new

innovations that facilitate greater

technology adoption in Russia,

and ground-breaking solutions for

new user interfaces by a revitalized

Russian economy that is now

poised for more growth.

EXPO COMM RUSSIA is the leading

ICT event, featuring global industry

leaders from 25 nations and serves

as the annual meeting place for

ICT industry executives and business

professionals in Russia and the CIS.

As in previous years, technology

driven international pavilions,

supported and sponsored by their

respective governments from

Germany, China, Canada, Taiwan,

and India have already confirmed

their participation for EXPO COMM

RUSSIA 2016.

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REPORT

PSEB organizes workshop for IT startups and SMEs

Pakistan Software Export Board

(PSEB) organized a 2-day workshop

on launching IT startups successfully

for startups and entrepreneurs

from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and

Peshawar at the premises of National

IT Board in Islamabad. Training for

the workshop was conducted by

Mr. Azhar Rizvi, Vice Chairman,

MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan. The

workshop started with a presentation

and interactive discussion on the

ingredients of a business plan and

creating a business plan. This was

followed by a speech by MD PSEB,

Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, who

talked about PSEB’s contributions

to IT industry last year and plans

for next year. He stated that PSEB

has different industry support

programs for IT companies including

participation in international IT

exhibitions with IT companies, local

workshops, CMMI training and

certification, capacity building

through internships and trainings, and

infrastructure in the form of software

technology parks and bandwidth.

He stated that PSEB has launched

these workshops to guide and help

IT startups and SMEs so that they can

grow their business by attracting new

investors and customers. This was

followed by a documentary which

PSEB had produced on the IT industry

of Pakistan. The documentary

showcased success stories of

different IT companies of Pakistan

and why Pakistan is an attractive

destination for IT outsourcing and

investment.

Talking on the occasion, Minister

of State for IT, Ms. Anusha Rehman

Khan, mentioned that Ministry of IT

has declared 2015 as the year of IT

and has instructed PSEB to launch

a series of workshops to help IT

startups, entrepreneurs and SMEs so

that they can grow their IT business

and exports. She mentioned that

Ministry of IT has been successful

in engaging Korea Eximbank for

feasibility study for a new stateof-the-art

IT park on PSEB’s land

in Islamabad. The goal is to sign

agreement with Korea Eximbank

by next year to be followed by a

groundbreaking ceremony. She

mentioned that government’s goal is

to create an enabling environment

and infrastructure for the IT industry

including startups. That is why the

ministry of IT is also in the process

of launching a new technology

incubator for startups by next year.

She mentioned that according to

State Bank of Pakistan, IT remittances

have grown by 41% since last year

and IT exports are 10% of Pakistan’s

total services exports at present.

She mentioned that Pakistan is in

Upwork’s top 5 freelancing countries

which is now the world’s largest

freelancing network. The minister

emphasized that IT companies should

report their foreign remittances

through the banking channel so that

PSEB can get a better picture of IT

exports of Pakistan.

The second half of first day

included a presentation on finding

international clients from CEO

Discretelogix as well as filling the

business plan template. This was

followed by a presentation on

how to deliver an elevator pitch to

a potential investor or customer.

The second day of the workshop

involved all of the startups presenting

their business plans who then got

feedback on improvements they

could make to their business plans

in future. The second half included

presentations from VP LMKT and CEO

DPL who talked about their journey

from a startup to ten million dollar

plus companies now.

Country Manager, Microsoft Pakistan,

Mr. Nadeem Malik, talked about

sales and marketing techniques for

software and services. The feedback

from most of the startups was that

they found the workshop very useful

because it taught them about

business planning in a structured

manner and this process will help

them plan and grow their startups in

a more effective manner.

November 2015

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Global ICT & Telecom events 2015

Africa Com

LTE Africa

Africa Cast

LTE North America

TV Connect Africa

Communicast Myanmar 2015

VSAT Africa 2015

MVNOs Industry Summit USA 2015

Cloud Asia Forum

CTO, Telecom Summit

TMT Finance & Investment World

Digital TV World Summit 2015

Carrier Network Virtualization

Customer Insight and Analytics in Telecom

Bakutel 2015

Connect TV World Summit

December

17 - 19 Nov Cape Town, South Africa

17 - 19 Nov Cape Town, South Africa

17 - 19 Nov Cape Town, South Africa

17 - 19 Nov

Dallas, US

17 - 19 Nov Cape Town, South Africa

17 - 19 Nov

Yangon

18 - 19 Nov Cape Town South Africa

19 - 20 Nov

Dallas, USA

24 - 25 Nov

Hong Kong

29 Nov - 1 Dec

London, UK

1 Dec

London, UK

1 - 2 Dec

London, UK

1 - 2 Dec

California, US

2 - 3 Dec

London, UK

2 - 5 Dec

Baku, Azerbaijan

24 - 25 Dec

London, UK

Global ICT & Telecom events 2016

ICT Bahrain, (Bitex)

4 - 6 Jan

Manama - Bahrain

PTC

17 - 20 Jan

Honolulu, Hawaii

Convergence India

20 - 22 Jan

New Delhi India

Customer experience Management in Telecom

25 - 27 Jan

London UK

Mobile World Congress

22 - 25 Feb

Barcelona Spain

Satellite 2016

07 - 10 March National Harbor, MD

CABSAT

8 - 10 March

Dubai UAE

Digital Myanmar Conference & Expo 2016

29 - 30 March Yangon, Myanmar

GISEC

29 - 31 March

Dubai, UAE

GEMEC 2016

29 - 31 March

Dubai UAE

Lte Latin America

6 - 7 April Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Comex

26 - 28 April

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