The UAE Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) hosted the 1st ICT Future Foresight Forum to explore and discuss future challenges faced in the ICT sector and also discuss future technologies and solutions that will make a larger impact in the ecosystem.
During the event, Khalifa Al Shamsi, Chief Strategy & Governance Officer, Etisalat Group, said, “Today we are witnessing colossal advancements across all technologies with 5G to be a game changer as it aims to bring in evolution that would elevate services, performance and enablement revolutionising verticals like transport, energy, smart cities, security/surveillance and health.”
Technology heads from the local and global markets along with senior government officials were present to share their expert opinions and share experiences.
Al Shamsi also did a presentation on ‘The Future-Impossible Redefined’ focusing on the evolution of technology and the potential emergent technologies bring to new business models, impacting daily lives and bringing together new challenges and exciting opportunities.
He highlighted to the audience 5G’s advanced capabilities that will substantially benefit multiple industries giving a platform for advanced solutions that will push the future boundaries to the new machine era.
“Today Etisalat plays an integral role an ICT service provider by enabling an ecosystem with an advanced network and futuristic solutions like artificial intelligence and robotics,” said Al Shamsi. “The UAE ranks number one in digital adoption among Middle Eastern countries having implemented core digitisation initiatives. This was only possible as future technologies are pushing boundaries into a digital era that is witnessing technology innovation, advancements with various applications that will allow limitless connectivity, reach and access.”
He noted that the the launch of the 5G network and associated applications will also bring in an immense potential for all stakeholders providing them a platform to innovate, launch futuristic applications and empower the next generation with digital capabilities. “As a company our vision ‘Driving the Digital Future to Empower Societies’ is also focused on making this digital future a reality by facilitating innovation, creativity and bringing technologies of the future to all our audiences across our markets.”
Keeping in line with its vision of bringing in digital innovation, Etisalat was on track as the first operator in the MENA region to launch the first commercial 5G wireless network achieving a technology milestone and set an industry benchmark. Etisalat is the first operator to have a fully developed commercial 5G network available to provide gigabit internet services to its customers.