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Personalising smart living

A Dubai start-up, Makook Smart Living is set to introduce a service that delivers on the ‘Internet of Things’ vision, bringing together entertainment, automation, security, data storage, and cloud services on one easy-to-interface platform. The company’s CEO, Nasri Tehini, tells Comm. why this is a great time to launch such an innovation in the MENA regionMakook_066 (1024x681)

Nasri Tehini is CEO of Makook Smart Living, which was founded in February 2014, and is based in Dubai Internet City

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Future-proofing prowess

The evolving mobile ecosystem, explosion in mobile data availability and consumption, and the increased complexity in network architecture have given rise to the requirement for network operators to pay even closer attention to the quality of service they offer to their customers. Nokia Networks’ Head of Services for Middle East and Africa, Samir Kumar highlights the strategies and tools available to improve key quality indicators (KQIs) and help network providers differentiate their offeringsIMG_4324

Samir Kumar is Nokia Networks’ Head of Services for Middle East and Africa

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Demystifying the cloud

Dandemutande, a licensed Internet Access Provider in Zimbabwe, recently held a customer seminar entitled “Demystifying the Cloud” in Harare, in recognition of its partnership with Pamoja, the wholly-owned SEACOM cloud services distributor focusing on cloud services in Eastern and Southern Africa. Pamoja has deployed two data centres directly linked to the SEACOM network (Mtuzini in South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya). Dandemutande is positioning Pamoja’s cloud services to its corporate customer base under its Utande brand alongside its existing suite of cloud services IMG_1662 (1024x768)

Michèle Scanlon, Dandemutande CEO

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Taking TD-LTE mainstream

Given the widespread commercialisation of LTE networks, technology providers are now looking to draw attention to the significance of TD-LTE in the development of optimal networks and services. Bernard Najm, Nokia Networks Head of the Global Business Programme for TD-LTE, describes the importance of the technology, and why network operators should be incorporating TD-LTE into their current network investment plansBNa_S5

Bernard Najm is Nokia Networks’ Head of the Global Business Programme for TD-LTE

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Contradictions of the modern telecom sector

There is no doubt that the telecom industry is one of the few that has revolutionised the way people live. Maybe the airline or automotive industries have had a similarly profound impact, and it would be very hard to imagine life without Internet, business without emails, and such. In today’s connected world, telecommunications has become a lifeline that we simply cannot do without.M.Jamoussi

Mohamed Jamoussi, Senior Advisor, Saudi Telecom Group

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