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Telecom Review was the official media partner for the third edition of the Mediterranean Telecoms Exchange (MTX) conference which was held in the stunning Italian capital city of Rome. The conference is the brainchild of Afinna One CEO, Massimo Lucera who recognized a gap in the market for a conference which is specifically tailored for wholesale players in the Mediterranean telecommunications sector, and with one of his partner he decided to create the Event MTX.

Read more: MTX CEO: “MEA operators represent the future of the wholesale market”

Highlighting the benefits of InMobiles’ new platform Apollo, Charbel Litany, CEO, explained to Telecom Review how this platform benefits operators, service developers, and end users. “Apollo will shock everyone,” he said, confident that it will transform the whole industry.

Read more: Apollo will shock everyone, says InMobiles CEO

StrataNet is one of the newest entrants in the international telecommunications market. It is set to “shake things up” starting with the submarine fiber optic cable market across Asia. It is not your typical telco or just another private equity group looking to build the next multi-country subsea cable system, who promises to outperform anything the market has seen before.  Instead, StrataNet’s sole purpose is to integrate and monetize disparate, under-utilized and under-valued telecommunication assets to deliver a multi-path, multi-country network underpinned by an unprecedented commercial model for its customers. This approach is now enabling several StrataNet customers to rapidly expand their network at well-below average market costs. Telecom Review visited with Chris de Josselin, CEO, StrataNet Group, who gives an overview of some of the services and commercial innovations that StrataNet is bringing to the marketplace.

Read more: The next era in subsea - 3 billion people, 12 countries, 6 systems, 1 network

Topics ranging from 4G services and fiber-to-the-home, to 5G testing and smart cities were discussed in an exclusive interview with H.E. Eng. Yasser El Kady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt. In an attempt to transform Egypt into a digital country, the ministry of communications and information technology is executing projects and collaborating with the private sector to implement Egypt’s digital transformation strategy, said El Kady to Telecom Review.

Read more: H.E. Eng. Yasser El Kady leading Egypt towards digital transformation

Emirates Data Clearing House (EDCH), a subsidiary of Etisalat Services Holding, is a regional leader in providing cloud-based roaming and revenue management services to over 50 telecom carriers worldwide. Speaking to Telecom Review on the sidelines of the EDCH-hosted GSMA event WAS#7 in Dubai, General Manager Nasser Salim touted the company's suite of solutions that enable operators to offer seamless customer experiences.

Read more: EDCH: Taking telco roaming and finance to the next level

Presenting the concept of a Data Center Park, Khaled Sedrak, CEO of NxtVn, explained in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, the difference between this concept and ordinary data centers, as well as NxtVn's role as an enabler and accelerator. In addition, he insisted on the ICTs' importance and their clear impact on all of the sectors. He also talked about the memorandum of understanding signed with ITIDA in Egypt that will allow NxtVn to establish a Data Center Park there.

Read more: NxtVn: redefining data centers

Ahead of the Mobile World Congress, EXFO announced on the 28th of February its acquisition of Astellia. Combining EXFO's technologies with Astellia's technologies will create unprecedented solutions, Germain Lamonde, Founder and Executive Chairman of EXFO told Telecom Review.

Read more: EXFO touts the benefits of Astellia acquisition at MWC

At this year’s GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, communications infrastructure provider CommScope shared insights on how the company continues to redefine the market to meet the next wave of computing requirements. Telecom Review caught up with CommScope’s recently appointed VP of Sales, Service Providers, Middle East & Africa, Femi Oshiga, whose objective is to extend CommScope’s portfolio elements in all key markets in a sustainable manner.

Read more: CommScope: Laying the groundwork for 5G

As any seasoned traveler will know, international roaming rates for calls, data and SMS can be expensive. What if you could stay connected globally without carrier roaming charges? That's what Joseph Ged, former CEO of Ooredoo Algeria and board member of Ooredoo Tunisia, set out to accomplish. Speaking to Telecom Review, Ged talked up his new mobile service Wonet which allows you to make and receive free and cost-effective calls worldwide by using a "virtual number".

Read more: Wonet offers free roaming using a 'virtual number'

5G is the next evolution in the mobile space. But realizing 5G cannot be achieved with the current centralized network architecture, according to Cherif Sleiman, VP of Europe, Middle East and Africa at IT automation and security firm Infoblox. Mobile network architecture must be altered, he said, by pushing services and intelligence security to the edge of the network rather than the core.

Read more: Decentralizing network architecture essential for 5G