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Smart cities for telcos: Mere utopia or actual business case?

Let there be no doubt – the future is here. The desire to improve liveability in cities by focusing on citizen experience is a key priority for governments and is leading to a race to build smart cities everywhere. Yet, the concept of a smart city is not always clear. This lack of clarity does not come from weaknesses in the available definitions, but rather from the scope and scale of the concept itself, which is far-reaching and not fully grasped yet. Indeed, operators, regulators and other stakeholders are still in the process of figuring out how to leverage, oversee, mitigate or monetise the different opportunities and challenges associated with smart cities. Adel Belcaid web

Adel Belcaid is a Principal in the Communications, Media, and Technology Practice at A.T. Kearney Middle East

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Keeping your enemies close: Telco partnerships with mobile IMs

By Marc Van den Broucque and Feroz Khan

Instant messaging (IM) applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Line have had a turbulent relationship with telecom operators and are widely blamed for the decline in operators’ revenue over recent years. However, recent trends show an increase in partnerships between the two, which begs the question, why are telecom operators now choosing to embrace their former enemies?Marc Van den Broucque

Marc Van den Broucque is a director in Delta Partners’ Corporate Finance business in Dubai

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Smart cities begin with smart homes

Connectivity is the key to the development of smart cities, giving way to the emergence of the smart customerBurhan Kamal

Burhan Kamal is managing partner of Vector Technologies

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Delivering on the digital lifestyle

Last year Zain Group established the Zain Digital Frontier and Innovation (ZDFI) business unit, which is charged with expanding the reach of the group into the digital space, and developing new innovative businesses and income streams.  Emre Gurkan, the company chief strategy and business development officer, addresses the opportunities that the advent of smart cities, IoT and M2M will present and Zain’s role in the emerging ecosystem

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Emre Gurkan is Zain Group’s chief strategy and business development officer

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MENA smart cities

Where citizen needs meet governance and socio-economic service delivery, all powered by technological prowessGuy High Res 1

Guy Zibi is managing director, of Xalam Analytics, analytics on AME digital infrastructure markets

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