The real takeaway from Mobile World Congress 2018 for Amr Eid, the CEO of Gulf Bridge International, was that the market is changing. “I would see disruptive technologies like software defined networks the same way operators saw WhatsApp that destroyed the SMS. Software defined networks will take away the last mile. They will take away a lot of network management jobs too. Everything will be managed by the computers.”
He added that the wholesale business is also becoming more intelligent, as well as far more agnostic. “We took a conscious decision to be an agent of change and induce it instead of waiting for it to come to us.” So, what have been the biggest changes of late in the carrier market? According to Eid, to be ready for the IoT and M2M future, networks need to be ready in terms of technology, latency and adaptability. The second most important point is security. It’s essential to ensure compliance is maintained and the content of the networks is kept safe and secure.
Eid further added that GBI is developing a vertical inside the organisation for cybersecurity. GBI has been engaged in upgrading all its network; it has been investing significant CAPEX to make the networks smarter. It has installed auto switches, smart routing, and rolled out software defined technologies across the network, which means in the very near future one would be able to ask for capacity and provision it from the website itself.