The 10th Telecom Review Summit kicked off in Lebanon on Friday April 13, 2018, gathering the country and region's most influential industry players under one ceiling. Held under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Saad Hariri, President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon, the Telecom Review Summit gathered over 450 attendees from over 18 countries, and hosted Lebanon's first 5G trial conducted by local telecom operator Alfa and Swedish vendor Ericsson.

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Emirates Data Clearing House (EDCH), a subsidiary of Etisalat Services Holding, hosted the seventh GSMA Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group (WAS#7) in Dubai from March 19-22, featuring keynote speakers and an update from the GSMA Technology Group on industry-wide issues affecting all GSMA work. Emirates Data Clearing House General Manager, Nasser Salim, encouraged attendees to collaborate and "take steps to improve our industry."

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ITU Telecom World is a global platform for governments, corporates and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to accelerate ICT innovation for economic growth and social good. ITU Telecom World 2017 took place in Busan, South Korea, from 25 to 28 September. Next year the event is set to take place in Africa for the first time.

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The Minister of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt, H.E. Yasser ElKady,  received the German Ambassador to Egypt Julius Luy on March 15, where they discussed enhancing cooperation between the two countries in the ICT field, especially in the projects of digital transformation, smart cities, electronics manufacturing and technological innovation.

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Improving the network performance of operators is one of Ericsson’s main goals in Africa, says Jonathan Adams, Head of Ericsson South & East Africa – a commitment underlined by a project with Kenyan operator Safaricom. The Swedish vendor also spearheaded the first 5G trial on the continent this year with South Africa’s MTN, heralding a new generation of connectivity. 

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Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized the Africa Global Business Forum (AGBF) on November 1 and 2, gathering high-level government officials and business leaders from across the African continent to convene at Madinat Jumeirah. Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, HE Majid Saif Al Ghurair, said Africa's tech-savvy entrepreneurs will bring "positive change and usher in a new era of economic and social progress."

Read more: Entrepreneurs descend on Dubai to discuss Africa’s digital future

GITEX Technology Week kicked off in Dubai from October 8-12, 2017. The 37th annual event, located at the World Trade Centre, was an immersive, engaging and rewarding experience for attendees who had the chance to rub shoulders with some of the technology industry's leading executives. Partnerships and collaborations drew lots of attention at the event as companies move to diversify their offerings.

Read more: Partnerships & collaborations drew attention at GITEX 2017