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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Ericsson has launched its ‘Towards a 5G consumer future’ industry insight report that discusses the six calls to action from consumers that operators need to act upon to provide a foundation for adoption of 5G technology. The report, the largest 5G consumer expectation study to date, represents the views of 800 million smartphone users worldwide.

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Glen Burrows, Vice President and General Manager, APJ OEM & IoT Solutions, Dell EMC, spoke to Telecom Review Asia Pacific about the company’s role in realizing the benefits of Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia-Pacific-Japan. The region is well-positioned to drive the rise of IoT due to urbanization, the proliferation of technology and manufacturing growth, Burrows said. Dell EMC sells data storageinformation securityvirtualization, analytics, cloud computing and other products and services.

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Global demand for bandwidth continues to grow at a remarkable rate driven by the rise of capacity-dependent applications like live video, augmented and virtual reality, and 4K/8K video. International submarine cable systems are more important than ever, considering that the total carrying capacity of subsea cables is in the terabits per second, while satellites typically offer only 1000 megabits per second.

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Huawei’s latest Mate 10 smartphones are its first to feature artificial intelligence (AI) technology. At the Dubai launch event on October 30, Clement Wong, Huawei’s head of global product marketing, said the company is fostering “meaningful innovation” by catering to the realistic needs of smartphone users, providing features such as advanced photography and improved battery life.

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In 104 countries around the world, more than 80 percent of the youth population is online, according to ITU’s 2017 Facts and Figures report. In developed countries, 94 percent of young people aged 15-24 use the internet compared with 67 percent in developing counties and only 30 percent in least developed countries. Yet, sub-Saharan Africa remains the fastest growing mobile market.

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Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo represent an uprising in the smartphone industry. Together, these Chinese OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) accounted for a record 48 percent of global device shipments in Q2 2017, according to Counterpoint Research. Emerging markets represent a gold mine for Chinese OEMs, as they continue to aggressively scale beyond their mainland.

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