Dubai has been chosen for its 4th year to celebrate LTE MENA which have brought together the LTE industry. The event, celebrated from 11 to 13 May, offered a conferenced programme where speakers share insights on the main issues that LTE is bringing to the industry.
The organizers expected over 800 high level attendees from more than 40 countries. Key issues, such as the spectrum regulation or finding sustainable business models for LTE services, were the topics discussed during LTE MENA.
The event was opened by Karim Taga, Managing Partner in Arthur D.Little. Which business models are set up to drive revenue from LTE was the specific topic selected to open the session.
During the Younes Abad, Director, MBB Network performance in the Middle East and North Africa region of Ericsson pointed out the importance of the spectrum challenge in the MENA region. “One of the problems that LTE has is the fragmented frequency, it is needed to be flexible but it has ended up being too flexible“, said Abad. “The regulatory authorities need to come together, I am not saying it has to be a perfect harmonization but they have to achieve an agreement“.
Abad also pointed out the importance of the infrastructure in the countries that want to set LTE and set Dubai as a reference in the region.
Ihab Ghattas, Assistant President of Huawei Middle East said that “the spectrum is the big issue itself“. Other problem which bring this topic is the roaming, “this subject is too complicated“, Ghattas added.
The latest solutions were presented in the different exhibitors of the event. Each company showed their own customized service and the different applications to several sectors in the economy such as Education, Health, Oil and Gas or Energy.
The exhibitors brought international examples in which LTE is already applied, these models were shown as success cases that must be set in the MENA region. By 2018, it is expected to achieve 9.3 billion mobile subscriptions, with 65% of the world’s population enjoying LTE coverage, according to Ericsson researches. This company also forecast that 50% of the phones in the region will be exchange from basic to smartphones in 4 years.