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C-Flyer: Connect-World Africa & the Middle East I (2021)
We are very pleased to announce the publication of Connect-World Africa & the Middle East I (2021), released in May 2021, the theme of which is “Intelligent connectivity for the Developing World ”. We invite you to download, for free, a high-resolution version of the magazine: here.
Africa & the Middle East I (2021) release for 2021 is now online!
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About this release
Connect-World Africa & the Middle East I (2021), as well as discussing general matters relating to the growth of connectivity in the Developing World, also discusses specific technological issues and applications, such as:

• Utilising Cloud Computing
• The Digital Divide
• 5G and Data Analytics
• 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT)
• Satellite Technology
• C-Band frequencies for 5G mobile

What is Intelligent Connectivity?
Intelligent connectivity essentially means the combination of 5G, IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a means to accelerate technological development and enable new disruptive digital services. In the intelligent connectivity vision, the digital information collected by the machines, devices and sensors making up the Internet of Things is analysed and contextualised by AI technologies and presented to users in a more meaningful and useful way. This would both improve decision-making and allow delivery of personalised experiences to the users, resulting in a richer and more fulfilling interaction between people and the environment surrounding them.

As AI becomes increasingly sophisticated thanks to advances in computing power, the education of data scientists and the availability of machine learning tools for creating advanced algorithms, the Internet of Things is getting closer to becoming a mainstream phenomenon. 5G represents the missing element to bring these technologies to new levels and enable the intelligent connectivity vision. The ultra-fast and ultra-low latency connectivity provided by 5G networks, combined with the huge amount of data collected by the Internet of Things and the contextualisation and decision-making capabilities of AI technologies will enable new transformational capabilities in virtually every industry sector, potentially changing society and the way we live and work.

What are some of the elements of Intelligent Connectivity? Here are some key examples
Intelligent connectivity is expected to play a major role in five key areas:

1. Transportation & logistics,
2. Industrial & manufacturing operations,
3. Healthcare,
4. Public safety & security and
5. Other sectors, e.g. Virtual personal assistants.
The contributors of the publication are as follows, denoted in alphabetical order:

Ahmad Sayed, Regional Head and VP of Sales, MEA, Nexign
Amir Khan, President, CEO & Founder, Alkira
Cindy Maike, VP of Industry Solutions, Cloudera
Clémentine Fournier, Regional VP, Sales, Africa, BICS
Ian Dench, CEO, Ooredoo Oman
Lacina Kone, Director General/CEO, Smart Africa
Nadeem Khan, Director, M2M/IoT and Maritime, Thuraya
Philip Griffiths, VP and GM of Europe, Middle East and Africa, NetFoundry
Rakesh Lakhani; Head of Network Solutions, Middle East and Africa, Ericsson
Rami Darwish, Founder & CEO, Arrow Labs
Will Mudge, Vice President, Engineering Operations, Speedcast
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