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Zain first operator to offer 5G technology in Kuwait and GCC
 Zain, the leading digital service provider in Kuwait, announced that its network is fully ready for the commercial launch of fifth generation wireless technology (5G) to be the first operator to offer 5G technology in the GCC region via the Kuwaiti market with nationwide coverage of all areas. Zain unveiled that it succeeded in designing an integrated network for 5G services built on a world-class infrastructure, fully launching the company’s potential within the digital community and further reinforcing its leadership in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Zain has always been one of the first companies to offer the latest generations of telecommunications technologies. As the telecom sector is currently directing towards digital transformation with significant pace, it is evident that current mobile telecom networks will not be capable of satisfying the future needs of the sector with what is currently available. For that, Zain’s impending commercial launch of 5G services comes to keep up with the fast-paced and ever-evolving lifestyle patterns of the community on all levels. The company announced the readiness of its network for the commercial launch of 5G services after the official announcement made by Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) to grant Zain the needed licenses for telecom operators to launch 5G services in the Kuwaiti market. In previous statements, Chairman and CEO of CITRA Salim Al-Othaina stressed the importance of 5G technology, describing it as being vital in benefiting consumers and operators alike, as well as being crucial to the further development of the telecom sector in the country. CITRA has specified the 3.5 GHz C-BAND bandwidth for the operation of 5G technology in Kuwait, a step that will allow a great leap for the advancing of the Kuwaiti telecom sector, especially that it coincides with the country’s preparations for the “regional corridor” telecom project.   Source : https://news.kuwaittimes.net
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Over 18 International Buyers and 65 ICT Suppliers Participated in the 2019 ICT Procurement Meeting Hosted by the Taipei City Government
In a major effort to assist ICT industry in Taipei to expand its business in the global market, the Department of Economic Development, Taipei City Government hosted the 2019 ICT Procurement Meeting at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center on Wednesday May 29.  Over 18 international buyers and 65 ICT suppliers joined the business matching event to explore business opportunities in Taipei. An estimated US$35.5 million procurement for ICT vendors during the meeting. With great potential and leading industry clusters, the ICT industry in Taipei stands at a leading position in the global ICT value and supply chain. The creative engineers, flexible business culture and diligence of its workers make the ICT industry in Taipei City a crucial part of the global ICT industry. Among the participating international buyers, many have an annual turnover of more than US$100 million, and some even exceed US$10 billion, with leading names including Toshiba Memory, Intel, Fireeye, Innowave Global, Microdia, Viscom, Vietnam Network Technology, All IT Hypermarket, Servex, Code Solutions IT Consulting Services, Computer Union and Super International. The buyers were looking to purchase a wide variety of ICT products, including servers, storage devices, DRAM, memory cards, IoT, smart homes, alarm systems, network equipment, connected devices, computer accessories and peripheral products, GPS solutions, video conferencing, photography solutions, medical technology, wired and wireless headset components, smart bracelet components, special copper wire. The Taipei City Government dedicates to promote the development of the ICT industry in Taipei. With the aim to attract more international enterprises to come to Taipei, the Taipei City Government provides different subsidies and grants to newly established or innovative enterprises, including investment subsidies; startup, branding, R&D and angel funds; and incubator grants. The Neihu Technology Park 2.0 Project will begin operation in the first season of 2020, providing more space and quality infrastructures for the enterprises to focus on ICT, startups, fintech and smart cities. In another effort to make Taipei the best destination for global investors, the Department of Economic Development has established the Invest Taipei Office (ITO) to assist foreign enterprises investing in Taipei. The ITO provides one-stop service for businesses by organizing the resources of the Taipei City Government, with services ranging from laws and regulations consultation, business inspection arrangement, company registration and visa application consultation to subsidies information. The ITO also has good connections and cooperation with the central government. By combining the resources of the Taipei City and central governments, the ITO can effectively assist enterprises expanding their businesses to Taipei.
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Bahrain 'on track to roll out 5G networks next month’
Bahrain is on track to roll out 5G networks next month, according to a government minister. Housing Minister Bassem Al Hamer said it would prove essential in the adoption of smart city technology, which he described as a necessary requirement for the future of urban communities. Both VIVA Bahrain and Batelco are launching 5G networks. Mr Al Hamer told a panel at the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly, which concludes today in Kenya, that he hoped smart city innovation would result in more interaction between the government and individuals. “It is possible to use monitoring devices to collect data and information, such as traffic congestion, temperature, air quality, the efficiency of electricity, water and other networks – which then can be analysed by artificial intelligence,” said Mr Al Hamer during the event at the UN-Habitat headquarters, in Nairobi. “It will be an essential element in the quality and efficiency of services, and therefore countries can achieve development goals that focus on sustainable cities. “Many countries in the world are currently connecting cities with 5G technology, which maximises the possibilities and raises the efficiency of the use of these technologies – and enhances efficiency and capabilities of the infrastructure. “(5G) has become essential and represents one of the key components of smart cities. “Bahrain will begin to implement it next month.” Successful commercial trials for 5G technology were held in June last year. VIVA has partnered with Chinese telecom giant Huawei to set up its network, while Batelco is working with Swedish company Ericsson. In February VIVA said its network was already completed and enabled. The following month Batelco announced its 5G deployment would happen in phases in key locations. 5G technology will enable customers to enjoy super-fast Internet and smart technologies driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as virtual reality, ultimate real-time gaming and 3D 8K video. It also provides a platform for artificial intelligence and connected cars.   Source:https://www.gdnonline.com
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Microsoft to set up tech hubs in Kenya, Nigeria
Kenya is hoping for new jobs and business opportunities when a plan by Microsoft Corporation to set up a technology development centre in Kenya comes to fruition. The US corporation's vice president for gaming Phil Spencer said during a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi that the center would serve the eastern Africa region, the presidential media unit reported. The technology center would be the seventh globally for Microsoft and would be the lead hub of engineering for the company and its affiliates. “The African Development Centres will contribute to Microsoft's interests across global businesses such as Office, Azure and Windows among others,” said Mr Spencer. He did not give a date for the establishment of the center or the investment required. The announcement comes as technology players across the world seek to leverage on tech-savvy Kenyan youth in various ICT disciplines. Mr Spencer said the corporations would absorb 100 engineers in vacancies that were announced in March, describing as exciting the changes in the Africa technology landscape. The centre will leverage on the diversity of the regional landscape to build world class talent capable of creating innovative solutions for global impact. It would also act as an engineering springboard for new technology investments in Kenya. Microsoft has earmarked Nigeria as the other beneficiary of a similar facility on the continent to serve West Africa President Kenyatta said the technology development sites carried great potential for job creation, talent development and technology transfer among Africa's youth especially in countries with good ICT literacy ratings. The president challenged Microsoft to ensure intellectual property rights of Kenyans involved in their projects are adequately protected. "Ensure we do not lose the intellectual property rights that belong to our young people. We need an open and transparent partnership," President Kenyatta said. He also asked the company to democratize innovation in the digital space by expanding the range of African languages available and usable on the internet.     Source : https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/business/Microsoft-to-set-up-tech-hubs-in-Kenya--Nigeria/2560-5113346-13mljm5/index.html
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’Lean Principles’ now being applied to information technology
The Japanese auto makers after World World II used lean production to grow market share.  In the 1980s the American auto makers started using it as well.  Today, almost all auto makers use lean production as they cannot survive without doing so. Lean production uses statistical process control and a flexible organization to design and build products while reducing variance (i.e. errors) in the manufacturing process. Information technology has been the exception to lean production until recently.  Almost all large organizations use lean principles to optimize manufacturing and services. Information technology has not done because it is more difficult to optimize software versus optimizing physical products.  In addition, corporate information technology has not been around as long in comparison at only 50 years old. Recently, the rise of DevOps (development/operations) is how information technology gets the results of lean production. The effect of DevOps on how we work and interface with technology has been revolutionary. One of the authors of the DevOps movement, Gene Kim, believes it operates on the following principles: 1. Continuous experimentation – the organizational culture is allowed to experiment and take risks and learn from failure as well as use repetition and practice to reach mastery. 2. Systems thinking – this is focusing on the performance of the entire system versus the performance on a particular project or department. 3. Feedback loops:  - this is having an understanding of customers and responding back to them all whether internal or external, to shorten response time and amplify feedback. Isaac Cheifetz ( a special to the Star Tribune) recommends the 2013 book “Phoenix Project” to learn more about DevOps.  It is a story about a struggling auto parts chain that discovers the power of DevOps. As society moves more into being driven by information,  being able to optimize IT just like manufacturing and services has done using lean principles is one giant leap forward.   Source:http://www.startribune.com/lean-principles-now-being-applied-to-information-technology/510069502/

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