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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'

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

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

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

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

The main challenge facing telecom operators in Africa is competition and regulatory stability, according to Mr. Abdellatif Bouziani, CEO of telecom provider Smart East Africa Group serving Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. Speaking to Telecom Review, Mr. Bouziani said governments in Africa have sold too many operating licenses which have forced prices down, but operating costs remain the same.

Read more: Africa needs regulatory stability for operators to grow

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

Etisalat Egypt has a positive outlook despite fallout from liberalization of the Egyptian pound in 2016 - a move that saw its value reduced by almost 50 percent against the US dollar. Speaking to Telecom Review, Khaled Hegazy, Etisalat Egypt's Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, said the company's positive outlook is based on the size of the Egyptian market and the aspirations of youth.

Read more: Etisalat Egypt confident despite fallout from currency liberalization