Proactive trusted transparency

Trust is not necessarily synonymous with cyber security, and this has been reiterated through the plethora of cyber breaches and data leakages that have been publicised in recent years. The lack of trust as it relates to allegations that organisations have wantonly sold, misappropriated or misdirected customers’ data without their knowledge or consent only exacerbates an already chronic issue.

In much the same way that realisation of the awesome and horrifying power of nuclear weapons preceded the establishment and ratification of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in the late 60s, so too must the dire consequences of a lacklustre and piecemeal approach to cyber security prompt an international move towards universal and heightened cyber security transparency

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No more tears?

It has been almost two years now since the world was gripped by a string of pervasive and damaging ransomware attacks, which fuelled mass paranoia and concern over the cost of technological advancement. Such levels of panic and speculation hadn’t been seen since the turn of the millennium and the Y2K system failure predictions and panic. From Petya to WannaCry and the creatively named NotPetya ransomware attacks, individuals, organisations, and nation states were awed and rightly fearful of the pace of dissemination and destructive capabilities wrought by the attacks.

What is the key to never shedding a tear over an incident like WannaCry again?

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30 million 5G users forecast in the MEA by 2024

5G is expected to reach 30 million subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) by the end of 2024, representing 2% of total mobile subscriptions. This will make 5G the fastest generation of cellular technology to be rolled out on a global scale, according to the recently published MEA edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. Read the full Ericsson Mobility Report

Key drivers for 5G deployment include increased network capacity, lower cost per gigabyte and new use case requirements. The majority of the 5G subscriptions in the MEA are expected to come from advanced ICT markets such as the GCC countries Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar while in Africa, considerable momentum is building up in South Africa.

Ericsson to switch on 5G globally in 2019

Ericsson President and CEO, Börje Ekholm says the company will switch on 5G globally in 2019, backed by a strong, secure and available portfolio. Addressing media and analysts as he launched Ericsson’s Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Ekholm also stressed the role of 5G as a critical national infrastructure, and emphasized the advantages for early adopters.

Ekholm said that Ericsson has announced commercial 5G deals with 10 named service provider customers, as well as 42 memorandums of understanding. The company is already rolling out 5G networks across the globe: in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

Zain Group publishes its latest thought leadership report

Zain Group, has published its annual thought leadership report, this year entitled, Social Innovation: The Fusion of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and A New Generational Mindset.

The report, which launched during the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, provides a clear understanding of how the various forces of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the new generational mindset foster social innovation. The report identifies the significant benefits and opportunities social innovation brings to humanity, businesses, civil society and governments. Additionally, it examines how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can and does play a critical role in enabling a more inclusive approach to social, economic and environmental impacts, fostering positive change.  Lastly, the report provides a clear understanding of the relationship between social innovation and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of planetary boundaries and social thresholds.

The report is not printed physically, so as to reduce negative environmental impact, and instead may be viewed online or downloaded by visiting the link: https://zain.com/en/sustainability/thought-leadership-reports/