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5G expansion to boost Qatar, regional economies: Huawei

5G expansion to boost Qatar, regional economies: Huawei

Tribune News Network
Doha
Telecommunications leaders and experts from Qatar and across the world recently gathered at the SAMENA Telecommunication Council Leaders’ Summit to review plans for unleashing the potential of 5G networks to boost economies and societies in a post-COVID-19 environment.
Held virtually for the first time due to social-distancing requirements, the summit was hosted by Huawei for the seventh consecutive year.
Held under the theme ‘5G-X: Harnessing 5G Across Industries for Investment Revival’, the summit highlighted how technology and ICT infrastructure play a significant role in our societies and economies. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the need to strengthen digital infrastructure to better prepare societies for future crises and to make systems more resilient and sustainable, guaranteeing a better and more effective outcome.
A shift to cloud, IoT, and better integration of AI into the public health response was also spotlighted, in addition to harnessing of other technologies for smart service delivery, which should be a key priority moving forward.
Attending speakers shed light on the impacts of collaborative efforts when deploying technology in the Middle East region to overcome digital transformation challenges.
Participants reviewed 5G ecosystem cooperation in the Middle East, and how 5G paired with complementary technologies such as cloud, AI, and AI-driven autonomous and BVLOS commercial drone applications, can inspire new vertical industry applications.
Today that ranges from improving SME competitiveness to the digitisation of oil and gas operations in the Middle East and globally, all of which boost economic potential by enhancing industrial processes and productivity.
The conference was led by Huawei Middle East VP You Qianwen and Huawei Middle East Carrier Network Business Group Marketing VP Wang Su.
With more economies becoming digital today, the summit also explored business resilience strategies in a hyper-connected world.
Huawei Carrier Network Business Group Executive Director of the Board and President Ryan Ding said, “Despite the unprecedented challenges we are facing, governments, regulators, and operators across the globe have spared no effort to maintain social stability, protecting peoples’ livelihoods and helping the entire society fight against COVID-19. The applications of 5G will speed up enterprise digitalisation in the Middle East and greatly stimulate the economy. The Middle East in particular is already expected to become a reference in 5G commercialisation around the world, and together, we have ensured the normal utilization of network services during the pandemic.”
Delivering the opening keynote at the summit, Huawei Middle East President Charles Yang said, “Although the pandemic has brought uncertainty to our lives, the advantages of 5G infrastructure are increasingly clear. The outbreak has led to increased demand for ICT solutions specifically in areas like 5G amid a boost in network usage and 5G 2B innovations. Meeting that demand will require new forms of public-private partnerships based on open collaboration, supporting strong industry policies that will enable social value, economic development, and provide enhanced service experiences to consumers across the region.”

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