Party time

Awards events are for more than just hand­ing out prizes and cel­e­brat­ing the re­cent past. They’re also about look­ing to­wards a more col­lab­o­ra­tive fu­ture.

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Who doesn’t love a party?

It’s a se­ri­ous ques­tion. Af­ter all, odds are most of us like to let loose from time to time –within mod­er­a­tion, of course (I could tell you about my leg­en­dar­ily hearty party days back when I was liv­ing in Ber­lin, but let’s just say I’m rather glad they’re mostly be­hind me these days).

There’s a rea­son for bring­ing this up. Novem­ber just so hap­pens to be the month the most ex­clu­sive – and dare we say coolest (at least in this ed­i­tor’s hum­ble opin­ion) – event on the an­nual comms in­dus­try cal­en­dar takes place: the Comm­sMEA Awards.

The awards have been an an­nual tra­di­tion for sev­eral years, of course, and be­yond all the glitz and glam (of which, I’ve been told – and look­ing at pic­tures I’ve seen from pre­vi­ous years is any­thing to go bym it ap­pears there’s a fair bit), they’re a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether to cel­e­brate all that’s great about the in­dus­try and en­gage in a bit of all-im­por­tant net­work­ing.

This year, we’re do­ing things dif­fer­ently – putting a bit of a sub­tle twist on the event just like we’ve been do­ing with so many other as­pects of Comm­sMEA lately. In­stead of a big din­ner at a cav­ernous ho­tel or event cen­tre, it’ll be a more in­ti­mate gath­er­ing at a swanky Dubai es­tab­lish­ment for those win­ning awards and our big­gest sup­port­ers. But don’t worry if you’re not in at­ten­dance among the so-called in­ner sanc­tum: we’ll have a full run­down of the pro­ceed­ings in next month’s is­sue, and be­fore then you can fol­low our so­cial me­dia chan­nels and check our web­site to get the in­side scoop as to what ex­actly goes down.

On the sub­ject of go­ing down, that’s some­thing us reg­u­lar folks pre­fer to hap­pen with our mo­bile In­ter­net bills. But tel­cos would rather not have that hap­pen to their prof­its. Can a happy medium be reached? That’s one of this month’s fea­tures – mo­bile In­ter­net strat­egy.

On the events side, we also have a re­cap of this year’s Gulf In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Ex­hi­bi­tion, bet­ter known as GITEX. Spoiler: it was pretty ac­tion-packed, as al­ways. And also rather well-pho­tographed (that’s spoiler num­ber two for what you shall find in this is­sue).

And let’s not for­get the in­ter­views and ex­pert com­men­tary that are the bread-and-but­ter of any mag­a­zine. As usual, we have a few this month, such as with Huawei (the cover might have given that one away).

So sit back. Re­lax. And let the good times roll. Let’s party.

Novem­ber just so hap­pens to be the month the most ex­clu­sive – and dare we say coolest (at least in this ed­i­tor’s hum­ble opin­ion) – event on the an­nual comms in­dus­try cal­en­dar takes place: the Comm­sMEA Awards.”

In­ter­view­ing a robot named Pep­per at the launch of du’s Idea Hub in Dubai.For more, check out page 10.

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