West Africa’s mobile ecosystem generated more than $50 billion in economic value last year – equivalent to 8.7% of the region’s GDP, according to a new GSMA study. The study finds that rising mobile phone ownership and the ongoing migration to mobile broadband networks and services across the region will see the mobile ecosystem’s economic contribution continue to increase over the coming years, forecast to reach almost $70 billion (9.5 per cent of GDP) by 2023.

Read more: Mobile ecosystem enabling economic growth in West Africa

Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communication and Information Technology confirmed that 5G will be deployed for the first time in Egypt in the framework of the Africa Cup of Nations which will be held from 21 June till 19 July. Huawei will cooperate with Telecom Egypt to bring 5G technology experience to Egypt.

Read more: Egypt set to experience 5G as of June 2019

With 5G bringing in new possibilities for operators across the globe, a higher capacity microwave backhaul becomes even more important to ensure high-quality mobile broadband. This year’s Ericsson Microwave Outlook report discusses how this demand can be met with advanced microwave technology, spectrum, combination with fiber, and machine intelligence.

Read more: How can high-capacity microwave drive 5G deployment?

One of the largest leading international service provider in the market is taking the lead to sue a mobile operator in West Africa that belongs to a well-known telecom group. The legal action was a result of an agreement breach from the mobile operator’s side after a long-term successful partnership between both entities.

Read more: Leading service provider sues mobile operator in West Africa over agreement breach

Meng Wanzhou has kept a diary for years. Below is what she wrote on December 19, 2018:

Last night, a letter from a Japanese citizen went viral on my WeChat Moments, and this letter has really warmed my heart. As the old saying goes, there is always good in people! Before I ran into difficulties, I hadn't known that so many people I don't know personally cared about me.

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Telecom Review launched at the 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit which was held on March 29th in Beirut, Lebanon, a special edition on 5G cyber threats and solutions that aims to explain more about the relevance of cybersecurity in light of 5G deployment.

Read more: Exclusively for Telecom Review: Global CTOs share their insights on 5G and cybersecurity

By Femi Oshiga, vice president of Service Providers for MEA, CommScope

As technology continues to be part of our everyday lives, online shopping is becoming the norm. White Friday, popularly known in the U.S. as Black Friday, draws thousands of people to shop both online and in-stores. 

Read more: Online shopping is not a fad

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