One of the key findings of the recently released Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2013 report says that several LTE Networks are expected to launch in the MENA region this year.
Inline with the expected trend, Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, predicts the expansion of 4G LTE telecom services within the Middle East will be dependent on the single most important factor: cross-industry applications. This implies that the region’s LTE growth will driven by operators’ ability to open up network functionality to third parties, who can in turn develop applications that run throughout the region’s expanding mobile ecosystem.
“Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks have become widely accepted by most regional operators as the future of mobile broadband due to its unparalleled capacity and connectivity speeds.
At the same time, service providers are still facing obstacles in the transformation of their legacy services and marketing LTE offerings to the public as a future revenue driver. This is particularly noteworthy within the Middle East where mobile operators have shortened their go-to-market road-maps as service innovation has become faster and more competitive.” — Mr. Mark Nixon, Director of Global Business Consulting at Huawei
At the recent LTE MENA 2013 conference being hosted in Dubai, UAE, Mr. Nixon stressed upon the role of LTE being a catalyst for new cross-industry collaboration as operators adapt to a digital society where mobile citizens’ behavior is transforming legacy communication and media channels.
“It is largely understood that LTE will shape the future of mobile communications as it provides access anywhere and on any device – a pervasive and ubiquitous network.” — Mr. Muhammad Atif Jamil, Huawei Senior Wireless Solutions Manager
Huawei, which has played an integral part in building LTE partnerships across the Middle East will be showcasing its latest range of LTE-compatible consumer devices including smartphones, tablets and Wi-Fi routers at the conference. Experts believe the shortage of such devices within the Middle East is one of the factors behind the relatively slow uptake of LTE services.