5 Questions With Ali Amiri

Ali Amiri of EtisalatInterview with Ali Amiri
May 21, 2018

Talking Industry Trends With Etisalat's Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer

Ali Amiri is Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer for Etisalat.

Ali continues to lead the evolution and development of Etisalat’s global service portfolio and network. Etisalat C&WS offers the most comprehensive portfolio of Mobile, Data, IP, Voice and Roaming services.  Etisalat has been recognized as the Best Middle East Wholesale Operator, every year since 2007.

Ali serves on the Board of Director on a couple of Etisalat’s units / subsidiaries and was previously Chairman of the GSM Arab World and as a Member of the GSMA Executive Committee.

Ali is a graduate of Electronic Engineering from Kings College, London University.

1. From your point of view, which are the main trends currently shaping our industry?

No doubt that the emergence of 5G and the services associated with it will play a big role in shaping the telecom industry. On the other hand, operators

will have to gear up in supporting multiple IoT applications, each with their specifications in terms of network quality, latency and technology. There will be billions of devices connected resulting in new reality which will affect our day-to-day lives, but also the network, services and technologies necessary to support it.

We are also witnessing an explosion of data and bandwidth requirements. We are experiencing an increasing consumption of content, video, gaming, eSports and soon virtual reality. Many of these applications will require connectivity levels well above 10G or 100G, offering scalable bandwidth, a pre-requisite to success. But more importantly, all these applications will also require low latency to enable a high quality of experience.

In addition, operators are experiencing co-existence with mega-OTTs who are serving billions of people around the world irrelevant of borders. This is creating a new reality that telecom and OTT should work together for the benefit of telecom industry.

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