From a 5G-powered future of mobility to start-up success: GITEX 2019 Day Two

News Highlights (1/2) – Day 2 – 7th October 2019

Day two of the 39th GITEX Technology Week and the 4th GITEX Future Stars saw 5G heavyweights discuss the ways that the technology will change the world, heard inspirational advice from sustainability champion Benjamin Stern on the NXG stage and witnessed the announcement of a landmark partnership between the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority and Microsoft.

GITEX day 2 kicks off with 5G impact

Drawing the attention of industry heavyweights, GITEX’s 5G Countdown stage hosted dedicated panel sessions and keynotes, welcoming telecoms leaders such as Dr. Mohamed Madkour, VP Global Wireless Networks Marketing and Solutions at Huawei, who gave a keynote speech this morning.

Speaking on the human aspect of 5G, Madkour said, “We often think about 5G in isolation. However, we need to see it as an interconnected mechanism that empowers businesses and entire nations through digital transformation. We need to remember that people are the driving force behind these technologies, and the question we need to ask ourselves is how can we all gear up for a future in which we live better lives.”

Fadi Pharaon, President of Middle East & Africa at Ericsson, gave examples of how companies and brands can take advantage of 5G. He said, “The key considerations of realising the full potential of 5G are by capturing the opportunity of 5G’s revenue potential, identifying industry pain points, mastering the go to market and investing in deployment capabilities.”

Industry leaders from Etisalat and du provided a more local angle during a panel session titled Battleground for 5G: what’s at stake.

Hatem Bamatraf, Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat International, highlighted that there are fine nuances between countries and the readiness of rolling out 5G networks, which will be a gradual process, he said. He highlighted that different markets have unique economic and infrastructural features that will impact the implementation of 5G across the region.

Discussing 5G’s sustainability aspects, Saleem Alblooshi, Chief Technology Officer at du, said, “We have to become more energy efficient, and sustainable technology is important, hence needs to be encouraged with the support of the regulators and other industry players. For that, we need to use more solar energy, for example, and make sure that sustainability goals are very strictly managed.”

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