When Peter Knight, the editor of the business newsletter of the Sunday Times, coined the term “FinTech” in the 1980s, it was only to describe a bot that had reorganised his mailbox. Little did he know that this word, an abbreviation of “financial technology”, would somehow slink into the back-end systems of orthodox financial firms throughout the 2000s and eventually find its way into the common vernacular during the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. The crisis, which wreaked financial apocalypse on 50% of the world’s GDP, caused worldwide distrust, lack of confidence and dubiety towards traditional banking establishments – all of which were necessary ingredients to sow the seeds of innovation and creation that would lead to a new breed of financial institutions known as FinTechs.

Read more: In with the new: How FinTech and E-Commerce are driving innovation in Asia

Intelsat has been able to prove itself as a leading satellite player in the world and in the Asia Pacific region. To know more about the company’s presence in the APAC region, Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Terry Bleakly, managing director, APAC, Intelsat who highlighted the role that satellites can play in the 5G era. He also explained what sort of challenges Intelsat faces in the region and announced the launching of a new satellite very soon.

Read more: Intelsat proves strong presence in APAC despite challenges

Trend and Challenges of Digital Network O&M

4G changes lives, while 5G changes societies. 5G networks need to support scenarios of ultra-large bandwidth, ultra-low delays and massive connections, to serve various vertical industry applications such as automatic driving, industrial control, smart grid, large videos and AR/VR.

Read more: AI meeting slicing, 5G network O&M becomes more intelligent

Tan Tian Seng, director, products and marketing at Singtel Satellite discussed in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review how the company is offering its customers a seamless communications experience. He also explained why Singtel Satellite is not involved in the aviation sector and how 5G will change the satellite industry.

Read more: Singtel Satellite providing secure communication across all coverage areas

The 21st century is currently witnessing a technological renaissance unlike anything it has ever experienced before. The proliferation of new technologies like 5G network, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, blockchain and virtual and augmented reality are just some of the emerging game changers that have taken the world - Asia in particular - by storm. In terms of digital innovation and technological foresight, Asia has proven itself to be at the top of its class, yet nothing stirs the Asian imagination quite like the reality of artificial intelligence (AI).

Read more: Asia’s AI awakening: Opportunities and challenges

5G has taken the tech world by storm, and it won’t be long before telco companies all over the world start scrambling to get a piece of what is now being heralded as the “fourth industrial revolution.” One of the key players in this high speed race is ZTE Corporation, one of China’s prestigious multinational telecommunications companies. We spoke to ZTE’s director of wireless solutions, Summer Chen to give us a clear insight on what ZTE has been working on in terms of 5G technology development and their plans for the future.

Read more: How ZTE is leading the way towards China’s tech renaissance

At MWC Shanghai, Telecom Review carried out an interview with Rana Gujral, CEO of Behavioral Signals. The Los Angeles-based tech start-up focuses on initiating emotionally intelligent conversations with artificial intelligence (AI). Their use of emotions to deduce voice data has helped them build engines that are more emotionally-savvy. Their award-winning flagship product - OliverAPI -  allows enterprises to track emotions and behaviors in natural language conversations to get a complete view of related key performance indicators.  By being able to recognize emotional cues and perform and behavioral prediction analytics, their technology provides enriched conversational insights for interaction with voice assistants, chatbots, robotic virtual assistants, social healthcare robotics and mobile voice assistants.

Read more: Emotionally-Savvy AI and the Role of Voice Technology

Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Being in business for over 20 years, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. Telecom Review met with Bryan Hartin, executive vice president of sales & marketing, Iridium at ConnecTechAsia 2019 to talk about the company’s most recent product, the IC-SAT100.

Read more: Network, products and partners allow Iridium to address market needs

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