Technology – Daily News Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:23:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Etisalat achieves EGP 4bn profit in nine months https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/16/etisalat-achieves-egp-4bn-profit-in-nine-months/ Sat, 16 Nov 2019 16:56:58 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=714094 Revenues for the third quarter were about EGP 2.4bn, compared to EGP 1.8bn in the same period last year, according to the company's results.

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Etisalat telecommunication company achieved EGP 4bn gross income by the end of the first nine months of 2019.

According to the results of Emirates Telecommunications Company, the revenues of its unit in Egypt, Etisalat Misr, amounted to nearly EGP 10.6bn compared to EGP 8.8bn during the same period last year, making up 47% of the total revenues.

Revenues for the third quarter were about EGP 2.4bn, compared to EGP 1.8bn in the same period last year, according to the company’s results.

The company’s mobile operations accounted for EGP 8.9bn in revenues, while fixed services accounted for EGP 488m. On the other hand, the sales of appliances and equipment hit EGP 213.5m, in addition to EGP 681m in general sales.

The company’s customer base stood at 26.5m at the end of the third quarter of this year, losing 1.3 million customers compared to the same period last year, due to the National Telecom Regulatory Authority’s (NTRA) government measures.

The value of the company’s investments in the Egyptian market is about EGP 50bn over the past 10 years, pointing out that the company has allocated investments worth EGP 4.5bn this year in the development of its infrastructure network, part of which is directed to digital services.                                                                  

Etisalat Misr’s shareholders’ structure is divided between 66% of Emirates Telecommunications Group, Bareed Investment Company by 20%, The Dubai International Financial Centre(DIFC LLC UAE) by 5%, Das Holding UAE by 5%, Saudi Arabian Technical Investments by 1.5%, Al Naboodah Investment by 1.5%, and Mawarid Finance UAE by 1%.

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Egypt tops the list of countries concluding financing deals in MENA: MAGNiTT https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/16/egypt-tops-the-list-of-countries-concluding-financing-deals-in-mena-magnitt/ Sat, 16 Nov 2019 16:43:41 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=714091 The report stated that about 354 investment deals worth $517m were concluded in the third quarter (3Q) of this year, an increase of 30% in the value of funds from last year, and 3% in the number of deals concluded.

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Community and data platform for start-ups, MAGNiTT, released a report on startup financing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) showing growth in the number of financing deals that concluded in the first nine months of this year, compared to the same period last year.

The report stated that about 354 investment deals worth $517m were concluded in the third quarter (3Q) of this year, an increase of 30% in the value of funds from last year, and 3% in the number of deals concluded.

According to the report, the average deals completed were about $2.5m, constituting the highest average achieved by startups in the region.

Egypt topped the list of countries concluding finance deals in the Middle East and North Africa with 27% of concluded deals, and ranked second in terms of attracting funds with a share of 13% of the total funds attracted by the region.

The UAE topped the list of countries attracting startups to finance and acquired 62% of the total funds established by startups in the Middle East and North Africa.

The report ranked the Egyptian startup “Maksab” as the largest company to attract funding in the Middle East and North Africa in 3Q, with $6.2m.

The report said that the financial technology sector dominated the largest number of financing deals with a share of 14% of total transactions, up 3% from the comparative period last year due to the demand of investors and business accelerators on startups operating in the sector.

The report showed that the number of investors increased during the current year until the 3Q to 163 investors compared to 159 investors during the whole year.

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Can’t Access a Website? (Here Are 5 Ways You Can Unblock It) https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/16/cant-access-a-website-here-are-5-ways-you-can-unblock-it/ Sat, 16 Nov 2019 02:39:27 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=714160 Upset you can’t access the website you want to watch your favorite shows or catch the latest news? No problem – here’s what you can do to unblock them.

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The Internet is full of amazing content. It’s just a shame you can’t always enjoy it all.

Why?

Well, there are some reasons:

  • Content providers use geo-blocks to restrict your access.
  • Oppressive governments force national ISPs to block specific websites.
  • Schools, businesses, and other institutions use firewalls to control what websites you can access.

It sounds bad, but don’t worry – there are easy ways to unblock websites.

5 Simple Ways You Can Try to Get Websites Unblocked

Here are some simple things you can do to get access to any content you want:

1. Use a VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an online service that hides your IP address, which is the key to unblocking websites without any effort.

After all, your IP address gives out a lot of information about you – what country you live in, what city you are from, what your ZIP code is, and who your ISP is.

With that data, websites can easily use geo-restrictions to stop you from accessing the content you want. Even your firewalls rely on your IP address to control your web access.

To get around this, you simply need to run the VPN and connect to a server. When you do that, the VPN server will automatically replace your IP address with its own address.

And on top of that, a VPN also encrypts your Internet traffic. Basically, that means that if anyone (ISPs, government surveillance agencies, firewall admins, hackers) tries to monitor it, they won’t be able to. All they’ll see is gibberish, so they’ll have no idea what you’re doing online.

Why is that important?

  • It stops your ISP from throttling your bandwidth (intentionally lowering your speeds) when you use “too much data” to watch your favorite shows and movies.
  • It prevents your ISP from logging all your browsing history and selling it to the highest bidder.
  • Government surveillance agencies (like the NSA) will be unable to see every single thing you do or watch on the Internet.
  • Lastly, it prevents cybercriminals from eavesdropping on your web traffic when you use unsecured WiFi.

That all sounds good, right?

Well, just make sure you pick the right VPN. Otherwise, you might end up losing access to your favorite websites because the service is unstable or it got blocked.

My personal recommendation would be ExpressVPN. It’s a very decent choice. It’s got tons of servers (around 2,000), has P2P support, stealth servers, and IKEv2 support – which is the perfect protocol for unblocking websites due to its security and speed.

To find out more about the provider, check out this ExpressVPN review.

2. Use a Smart DNS

Like a VPN, a Smart DNS is also an online service that hides your geo-location. However, it doesn’t do that by spoofing your IP address. Instead, it hides your DNS address since it also contains data that leaks your geographical location.

What’s more, the service will use dedicated proxy servers from around the world to resolve your DNS requests to further trick websites into believing you’re from a different country.

Basically, the Smart DNS will intercept your connection requests to any website you want to access. Once it does that, it will replace any data in the requests that can leak your geo-location with new information that points to a whitelisted region.

One of the best things about Smart DNS services is that they don’t encrypt your traffic. While that does mean you don’t get any privacy boosts, it also means you can use your original ISP speeds to enjoy online content. So, you don’t need to worry about any potential slowdowns.

VPNs are more likely to be blocked by content providers than Smart DNS services, but keep in mind that they are not completely out of the firing line should platforms want to crack down. Unfortunately, a Smart DNS can’t help you bypass firewalls since it doesn’t actually hide your IP address and traffic.

As luck would have it, ExpressVPN also offers a Smart DNS service on top of its VPN service, giving you the best of both worlds. And yes, it unblocks Netflix US and BBC iPlayer.

3. Try Your Luck with a Proxy

A proxy server works as a middleman between you and the web. It intercepts your connection requests, and forwards them to web servers for you, hiding your IP address in the process.

One cool thing about proxies is that they can archive content within their local cache. If you request a web page that’s already on the cache, the proxy can deliver it faster to you.

However, proxies don’t offer strong encryption like VPNs do. So, you’re better off with a VPN if that is important for you.

4. Use Tor

Tor (The Onion Router) is an anonymity network, so it can help you unblock websites by hiding your IP address and encrypting your traffic.

I really like the fact that Tor is free to use, and it’s relatively simple to understand.

Sadly, it’s not the best way to unblock websites at all.

Why?

Mostly because governments can block the network – China, Turkey, and Venezuela already did it.

Plus, Tor users have suffered IP leaks before.

Lastly, you won’t necessarily get good speeds since there are almost two million users and only 6,000 servers.

5. Connect to the Website with Its IP Address

I’m saving this for last because this method doesn’t work with geo-blocks, just with firewalls.

Basically, if you’re lucky enough, sometimes the network admin or government authority carelessly only blocks a website by its URL and not by its IP address too. If that’s the case, you can unblock the website by typing its IP address in the URL bar instead of its domain name.

To find the address, just open the Command Prompt, and type “ping [website name].” For Facebook, that’d be “ping facebook.com” for example. If you’re not on Windows or don’t want to do that, use WhatIsMyIPAddress.com. Just type the website’s name and you’re good to go.

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Orange, Huawei release vEPC for better service for Egyptian customers https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/10/orange-huawei-release-vepc-for-better-service-for-egyptian-customers/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 21:38:45 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713578 Orange Egypt is the first in Egypt and the first Orange-affiliate to go virtual with business-critical function (Packet Core) on a mass market use case (Entire network swap/modernisation). 

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Huawei Egypt in collaboration with Orange Egypt have successfully modernised and virtualised the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), moving from the core network’s traditional hardware to software-based elements operating on commercial off-the-shelf servers (COSTS).

Orange Egypt is the first in Egypt and the first Orange-affiliate to go virtual with business-critical function (Packet Core) on a mass market use case (Entire network swap/modernisation). 

This new milestone is marking a strategic and long-term relationship which has lasted for more than 13 years.  

In order to provide its users with an unmatched experience, Orange Egypt has decided to use the latest NFV and Cloud technologies. Through this strategic partnership, Huawei’s vEPC solution enabled Orange Egypt to build an agile network that quickly scaled to match the performance’s demands for smart services, support faster service rollout, and dynamically allocate virtual resources while providing carrier-grade availability. 

“The technical strategy adopted on the THINK/Build/RUN fronts enhanced the time to market while managing skills and business models methodologies. The adopted transformation was managed through agile projects sprints in DevOps relying on a complete and evolved core network architecture” stated Monther Muharram, Director, Converged Core Network Engineering & Implementation at Orange Egypt.

Meanwhile, Ayman Amiri, Chief Technical Officer of Orange Egypt, said, “We are keen to develop the upmost innovative solutions that provide customers with unmatched experience. Huawei has always been our strategic partner on the road to success.”

Also, Jerry Cui, Huawei Egypt CNBG President, stated, “Orange selected Huawei Egypt to develop new technological solutions that would make Orange a leader in the broadband market globally. Thanks to Orange’s trust in Huawei, we will continue to support Orange’s expansion and virtualisation plan to confidently provide their customers the best possible user experience.” 

This strategic partnership has empowered both parties to reach new heights and implement new innovations. 

The vEPC is a framework for virtualising the functions required to converge data on 3G and Long-Term Evolution (LTE – 4G) networks. 

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Noon launches yellow Friday discounts in Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/09/noon-launches-yellow-friday-discounts-in-egypt/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:30:40 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713441 General Manager of Noon Egypt Mustafa Hendawi said that the company would offer the instalment service during the Yellow Friday discounts.

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Noon e-commerce website and application announced the launch of its first Yellow Friday discounts in Egypt during the discount season known as Black Friday, which coincides with the last Friday of November each year.

Yellow Friday offers will start on the Noon platform noon.com on November 24 and lasts for a whole week, until the end of the month.

General Manager of Noon Egypt Mustafa Hendawi said that the company would offer the instalment service during the Yellow Friday discounts.

Hendawi illustrated that their competitive advantage in the Egyptian market lies in their ability to deliver orders within 24 to 48 hours to Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria, on Noon Express products in the company’s stores.

The platform also provides noon.com free shipping service for customers who purchase products worth more than EGP 250. In addition, it provides consumers with different payment methods including cash on delivery or credit card use on the website or app.

Noon.com started launching its business in Egypt last February, less than two years after launching in the UAE and Saudi Arabia at the end of 2017.

It was founded by Emirati Businessman and Founder of Emaar Properties Mohammed Alabbar, in partnership with the Saudi Public Investment Fund, as well as a number of Gulf investors, with an initial investment of $ 1bn to support e-commerce in the Middle East and North Africa.

Noon’s Managing Director North Africa Tarik Fadil, said that the volume of e-commerce in Egypt is a great opportunity for growth, as it does not exceed 2% of the total trade volume locally.

He added that the company focuses heavily on the Egyptian market and puts it among the company’s priorities.

Recent reports indicate that Egypt is the leading Arab country in terms of growth rates with 48 million internet users under the age of 30 who have a smartphone or computer.

According to various reports, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the two largest markets in terms of total e-commerce sales in the region.

The Arab Gulf region and Egypt account for 80% of e-commerce in the Middle East, with annual growth rates of more than 30%.

Recent reports confirm that the volume of the e-commerce sector in the MENA region is expected to grow to $28.5bn by 2022, up from $ 8.5bn in 2017.

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Andela, ITIDA agree to train and employ 200 Egyptian software engineers https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/09/andela-itida-agree-to-train-and-employ-200-egyptian-software-engineers/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:00:59 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713440 Andela recently launches operations in Egypt

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Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) signed an agreement with Andela on Tuesday to train and employ 200 Egyptian software engineers.

Rama El Safty, country director of Andela Egypt, said the new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, will create about 58m new jobs around the world, but this first requires new skills, as statistics indicate that about 50% of these jobs will need acquiring software engineering skills.

Therefore, Andela created a new type of teams, known as distributed engineering teams, who offer their services to the company remotely. These teams may be distributed over several continents, but working on a single project.

Safty said that many large companies are now relying on dedicated remote teams to do the job because of the lack of sufficient skills and competencies in their places.

On the role of Andela, she said the company builds distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software engineers. Andela handles talent assessment, onboarding, and continuous improvement, in addition to preparing those engineers for companies that are short of human resources in software engineering in their countries.

She explained that the company has launched its activities in Africa since 2014, and provided its services in Nigeria, Kenya, and other countries, with total investments of over $180m.

Regarding the importance of the Egyptian market, El Safty said Egypt is a big market with a large population. Its market is full of competencies, with about half a million university graduates annually, in addition to the growth in startups and entrepreneurship, compared to other countries after the liberalisation of the exchange rate.

Jeremy Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Andela, said the global job market is changing with digital transformation, and over the past decade, the market has experienced a severe shortage of high-tech talent.

Andela is a global technology specialised in software engineering services that enable companies to accelerate their product roadmap. To do so, Andela is building teams from the best African software developers starting with Egypt 15 months ago and has hired more than 80 senior software engineers from Cairo, Alexandria, Damanhour, Port Said, and Mansoura, working through the Andela model of remote work. The Andela engineers join teams of leading technology companies around the world to help them build their products quickly and in a cost-effective manner.

Moving to Egypt comes as Andela seeks to strengthen its team of more than 1,200 software engineers in Africa, assisting technology teams in more than 200 technology companies worldwide including Viacom, BBC, Github, and Coursera.

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Huawei expects 500 million 5G users within three years of service launch https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/09/huawei-expects-500-million-5g-users-within-three-years-of-service-launch/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:00:04 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713432 Huawei successfully demonstrated with Telecom Egypt a 5G application through a 5G-enabled 360 camera and VR: Chief Strategy Officer of Wireless Product Line

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Huawei expects 5G services to be ready next year, believing that the number of its users worldwide will reach 500 million within three years of its launch.

Daily News Egypt interviewed Huawei’s Chief Strategy Officer of Wireless Product Line, Tide Xu, to talk about their 5G investment plans, sales, and their application with Telecom Egypt in the World Radio-communication Conference (WRC) 2019.

What is the global 5G commercial progress in general?

The 5G gears up, it is expected that the 5G end-to-end (E2E) ecosystem will get fully mature in 2020. The number of global 5G subscribers is predicted to reach up to 500 million within three years.

Globally, by the end of September 2019, there will be 40 5G networks in commercial use, of which 27 networks are deployed by Huawei.

What is the global 5G primary spectrum, and how does it make progress globally?

Worldwide, in total, 35 countries have recently completed 5G-suitable allocations or licensing procedures in at least one spectrum band by the end of September 2019. Over 70 countries will have 5G spectrum ready by the end of 2020.

What is Huawei’s 5G research and development (R&D) investment and development plan with regards to capital and human resources investment?

Huawei has invested $4bn in 5G technology research and product development from 2009 to 2019.

In terms of standards and patents, Huawei has submitted a total of 21,000 proposals to the third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a standard organisation for mobile telephony.

According to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s (ETSI) statistics, Huawei has 2570 families of 5G basic patents, accounting for more than 20% of the total, and ranking first among all vendors.

Huawei will continue to increase its investments in 5G. Currently, more than 10,000 employees are working on 5G networks (excluding terminals) for R&D.

Huawei’s 5G R&D aims to improve product quality, continuously optimize network performance, reduce costs per bit, and decrease base station energy consumption.

How are Huawei’s 5G sales performing globally?

Huawei’s E2E 5G products and solutions speed up worldwide 5G commercial progress. By September, Huawei has won 60 5G commercial contracts, and has completed more than 400,000 5G shipments. The number continues to grow every day.

Can you tell us more about Huawei’s 5G application with Telecom Egypt in the WRC 2019?

Huawei successfully demonstrated with Telecom Egypt a 5G application through a 5G-enabled 360 camera and Virtual Reality (VR) advanced application in WRC 2019. The demonstration was based on high resolution 360-degree camera that transmits video to VR headsets to enable the viewers to immerse in the experience. Huawei 5G SA E2E Platform and TE fibre optics were used to transmit the video feeds from the real time cameras to the VR headsets. The demonstration was conducted on 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum with 100 MHz carrier. A download throughput of three gigabits per second (Gbps) could be achieved on a single cell with multiple users and for single user a download speed of 1.5Gbps and upload speed of 200 megabits per second (Mbps) was achieved through a single device.

The demonstration is in line with Egypt’s information and communications technology (ICT) 2030 strategy which focuses on sustainable development and enhancing Egyptian’s life quality. The application demonstrated can be applied for distinctive VR touristic experience and flexible security purposes.

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Minister of Communications inspects Knowledge City’s construction progress in NAC https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/03/minister-of-communications-inspects-knowledge-citys-construction-progress-in-nac/ Sun, 03 Nov 2019 20:27:00 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712890 The city is currently being built on an area of 211 feddans to be the headquarters of research and innovation centres specialised in advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, integrated systems, and others.

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Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Amr Talaat, inspected the construction progress in Knowledge City in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) on Sunday.

The city is currently being built on an area of 211 feddans to be the headquarters of research and innovation centres specialised in advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, integrated systems, and others.

It will include all elements of the information and communication technology (ICT)industry from training centres, technology incubators, and business accelerators, as well as international and local companies specialised in the field of information technology.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Communications today, the first phase, which is scheduled to open next year, includes four buildings, a university building specialising in communications sciences and information technology, as well as a training facility that includes a branch of the National Telecommunications Institute and the Institute of Information Technology of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

The first phase of Knowledge City will include the National Academy for the Training of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to train and build the capabilities of persons with special needs and their clients in the field of communication and information technology, as well as the innovation and creativity building, which includes technological incubators and business accelerators.

Knowledge City’s buildings have been designed using a modern building style that reflects the nature of the building’s use of technology and originality, inspired by Egyptian identity and civilization.

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Portugal’s Web Summit sees 7 promising Egyptian startups https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/03/portugals-web-summit-sees-7-promising-egyptian-startups/ Sun, 03 Nov 2019 20:25:58 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712885 Khalil Hassan Khalil, head of ITFEDCOC, said that the division is keen to participate in international events and conferences interested in the sector of technology and entrepreneurship, such as the CES conference in Las Vegas.

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As part of a partnership between the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and the Digital Economy and Technology General Division of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (ITFEDCOC), the latter announced the participation of seven Egyptian startups in the Web Summit which will be held on 4-7 November in Lisbon, Portugal.

Web Summit is one of the world’s largest technology and entrepreneurship events in Europe and has been held since 2010. It will see more than 70,000 participants, including 11,000 directors and executives of major technology companies from 160 countries, besides 1,200 speakers and more than 3,000 startups operating in many areas of advanced technology.

Khalil Hassan Khalil, head of ITFEDCOC, said that the division is keen to participate in international events and conferences interested in the sector of technology and entrepreneurship, such as the CES conference in Las Vegas.

He added in a press release today that participation in the Web Summit comes within the framework of supporting entrepreneurship and the system of creativity, innovation, and access to Egyptian international companies.

He explained that this work is an example of integration between the government represented in the Ministry of Communications, ITIDA, and other business organisations represented in the FEDCOC.

He added that the selection process for competition in the participation of the exhibition and conference Web Summit was comprised of several stages in order to ensure the selection of the best companies under full transparency. Seven Egyptian companies were selected from a total of 50 companies by a jury composed of ITIDA, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the General Division of Digital Economy and experts in the field of advanced technologies and technological investment.

The seven participating companies are AvidBeam, one of the best startups in the world in the field of artificial intelligence and data analysis; WideBot, an artificial intelligence company specialising in the creation of an Arabic-speaking bot builder platform; XPAY a financial services technology and cashless payments company; Garment IO, an IoT company specialising in providing technological solutions to the garment industry to cope with the Fourth Industrial Revolution; 5DVR developer for virtual reality solutions, especially in the field of retail shopping; Botme company, working in the field of artificial intelligence and robots to respond to customer service; and Digified that is working in the field of financial services technology and identity verification.

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Uber denies negative user experiences circulating on social media https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/02/uber-denies-negative-user-experiences-circulating-on-social-media/ Sat, 02 Nov 2019 10:28:52 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712739 They are not Uber drivers, they’re independent, third-party transportation providers, says Valentino

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Several Uber clients with negative experiences have experienced their dissatisfaction through social media over the past few weeks. However, the ridesharing company’s public relations department denied the incidents and described them as fabricated. Clients and their families have taken to Facebook to share their experiences with the service, detailing abuses and payment problems while using Uber. They wanted to warn families from using the application.

Ahmed Elsawy, an Uber user, told Daily News Egypt that an Uber scooter driver attacked him immediately after the trip ended because “the driver didn’t understand the concept of visa payment, and tried to steal his bag and cursed him.”

Elsawy said that he was not satisfied at all in the way Uber handled the situation. He was unable to find an immediate emergency number to reach for during the ride, and the online support system was of no help as they didn’t show him what actions they were going to take with the driver or what they were going to do. He mentioned that he had to go through a series of customer service agents, telling his experience over and over. He described this flow of support as frustrating.

Another Uber user, Hanna Hani, wrote on Facebook about her bad experience with the application on 25 September. According to Hani’s Facebook post, titled “Uber is not safe,” the driver arrived in a different car than the one appeared in the app, a matter he described as “mixed up.” During the ride, Hani found out that the driver’s identity is also different than the one in the app.

“I reported on the application a few minutes after the ride seemed threatening and the driver made sexually explicit comments. However, the report was completely disregarded with no further notice from Uber customer service.”

Later the company told Hani that the driver that was meant to show up accused them of smoking during the ride, but she denied.

Other users also post their problems on Uber Egypt’s Facebook page, urging the need to investigate their complaints.

Daily News Egypt tried to contact Uber Egypt General Manager, Ahmad Hammouda, but he preferred that we contact the company’s public relations office, which is managed by Publicist Inc.

The PR office unofficially denied all the incidents reported on social media, describing them as “not true,” wondering “why do we suggest the users are telling the truth?”

The PR agent said that they “cannot speak for Uber, and the only one to speak out for the company is Ahmad Hammouda.”

The agency said they can’t answer for Uber regarding the commitment to client’s safety and said the online support is available every day. They also suggested sending our questions to the Uber management. According to Uber’s official response, the company “invests in safety” through series of in app features, listing them as check your ride, caller privacy, trusted contacts, and the safety center. Uber public relations focused on their online support services, saying it is available all day and contact between clients and the company is open in case of any emergency during the trip, adding that all the drivers run for security and drug checks as well as training before working for Uber.

According to an interview with Nicholas Valentino, Uber’s executive, with Washington Post, the company has zero drivers, describing the company as a software company, assuring the newspaper that “they are not Uber drivers. They’re independent, third-party transportation providers.”

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Mobile internet users to reach 5 billion by 2025: GSMA https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/02/mobile-internet-users-to-reach-5-billion-by-2025-gsma/ Sat, 02 Nov 2019 08:30:47 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712736 MENA subscription to hit 69%, smartphone adoption to record 74% by 2025

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By the end of 2018, around 5.1 billion people across the world were subscribed to mobile services, accounting for 67% of the global population, GSM Association (GSMA) said in a report.

The report forecasts an average annual growth rate of 1.9% between 2018 and 2025, which will bring the total number of mobile subscribers to 5.8 billion (71% of the population), 5 billion of whom will be mobile internet users.

A total of 1 billion new subscribers have been added in four years from 2013 to 2017 (representing an average annual growth rate of 5%), but the speed of growth is slowing.

Of the 710 million people expected to subscribe to mobile services for the first time over the next seven years, a half will come from the Asia Pacific region and just under a quarter will come from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Meanwhile, mobile technologies continue to make a significant contribution to socioeconomic development around the world. In 2018, mobile technologies and services generated $3.9trn in economic value (4.6% of GDP) globally, a contribution that will reach $4.8trn (4.8% of GDP) by 2023 as countries increasingly benefit from the improvements in productivity and efficiency brought about by increased take-up of mobile services. Further ahead, 5G technologies are expected to contribute $2.2trn to the global economy over the next 15 years.

Furthermore, GSMA indicates that the connectivity gap also continues to close, citing that over the next seven years, 1.4 billion people will start using mobile internet for the first time, bringing the total number of mobile internet subscribers globally to 5 billion by 2025 (over 60% of the population).

4G takes the lead, while commercial 5G is now a reality

The report indicates that in 2018, 4G overtook 2G to become the leading mobile technology across the world, with 3.4 billion connections accounting for 43% of the total user base (excluding licensed cellular IoT).

4G will soon become the dominant mobile technology, particularly across developing markets, surpassing half of global mobile connections in 2019 and reaching 60% in 2023.

Meanwhile, 5G is now a reality. Following commercial launches in the US and South Korea towards the end of 2018, 16 other major countries will have launched 5G networks by the end of 2019. In parallel, 5G smartphones are set to be released in the first half of the year and WRC-19 in October and November will have an impact on the future of 5G.

While it will take some time for 5G to hit critical mass, some markets will see relatively rapid growth (for example, South Korea, US, and Japan). Three factors will affect the speed at which 5G is adopted and the value that it will generate: the opportunities for value generation, cost considerations, and deployment dependencies.

According to the report, mobile operators will invest around $480bn worldwide between 2018 and 2020 in mobile capex to support this generational shift and further drive consumer engagement in the digital era. Half of this will be from countries expected to have launched 5G by 2020. However, since the majority of 5G deployments will happen post-2020 (64 markets over the 2021–2025 period, bringing the total to 116), the report expects capex then to grow above the approximate $160bn expected in 2020.

MENA subscription penetration to hit 69%, smartphone adoption to 74% by 2025

The report forecasts that the MENA subscription penetration to reach 69% by 2025 up from 64% in 2018, while smart phone adoption to record 74% up from 52%, increasing by 1.7 folds, which is more than the global average of smartphone adoption at a 1.6-fold increase by 2025.

Asia-Pacific and MENA are the most improved regions, due to significant improvements in scores for infrastructure, content, and services.

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How can Egypt benefit from the roll-out of the 5G network? https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/02/how-can-egypt-benefit-from-the-roll-out-of-the-5g-network/ Sat, 02 Nov 2019 07:30:27 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712725 Relative to gaining regional influence, the country’s prioritized instrument has and will continue to be the tourism sector as tourist’s arrivals increased by 30% in 2019

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Egyptian consumers and businesses have long anticipated the arrival of the 5G era in the country after the race of roll-out has created conversations around the world on its impact on various industries like healthcare, tourism, and much more. How will Egypt benefit from this specifically? It is expected to compose user experience through smart education, smart transportation to remote entertainment, and everything in between, for improved levels of performance, efficiency, and cost. It is additionally aimed to empower new user experiences and connect new industries utilizing automatic driving, holographic conferences, cloud VR.

Huawei, the global provider of ICT infrastructure and smart devices, has had a leading role in the 5G area worldwide. They issued a white paper indoor 5G scenario which provides richer services and further extends industry boundaries, proving that it can assist enterprises to improve production efficiency and build smart production systems, such as smart factories, smart mines, and smart hospitals.

Relative to gaining regional influence, the country’s prioritized instrument has and will continue to be the tourism sector as tourist’s arrivals increased by 30% in 2019. The technological advances in attracting tourists will be sufficiently improved through services that are technically empowered. Imagine visiting the great pyramids of Giza and understanding the rich history through listening to tourist guides on 5G phones, or virtual audio guides, and enhancing this experience further through sophisticated applications with augmented reality. This digitalized experience is set to change the setting for tourists globally, providing a different level of quality.

Huawei has further developed a full range of 5G solutions and continuously innovates to achieve large-scale 5G commercialization by transmitting 4k 360 degrees real-time footage to be transmitted to VR Glasses. Transmitting such heavy content would not be doable except with 5G technology. This technology can be used for surveillance and touristic purposes. This new technology was showcased during their participation in the World Radio Communication Conference (WRC) held in Sharm ElSheikh, Egypt from October 28th to November 22nd.

As Egypt continues its journey of digital transformation, revolutionizing healthcare and medical services is imperative for the country to continue competing against other emerging markets in the region. 5G wireless networks will revolutionize healthcare providing more effective and lower-cost medical services. Through wireless communications, smart medical data collection will be more efficient and timely. 5G will provide access to the cloud, enabling the robot to communicate with patients and medical staff. When a patient boards a 5G connected ambulance, the doctor can use the in-vehicle medical equipment to complete medical examination like a blood test, ECG test, or a B-mode scan. This will save more time for rescuing the wounded and increasing the rate of treatment success.

As the government continues to place consistent effort to develop infrastructure through smart cities, 5G intends to play an important role in this evolution. The enactment of the network through smart building property infrastructure is just as important as water, electricity, and gas services. It will become the core of smart city evolution, meaning more possibilities for creating a digitalized industry. 5G will, in turn, provide a reliable, predictable network, enabling industry-centred applications to keep up with differentiated and deterministic requirements for various sectors.

To sustain the continuity of 5G in emerging markets, it is important to consider environmental sustainability in the process. With this set into consideration, we created solutions via 5G networks coordinating energy conservation. The innovative PowerStar solution enables coordinated energy consumption on multiple bands for various radio access technologies, which reduces site energy consumption by 15% or above, promoting sustainable and green 5G development.

Vincent Sun is the CEO of Huawei Egypt

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ITIDA collaborates with RiseUp to launch ITIDA’s first all-Africa pitch competition https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/25/itida-collaborates-with-riseup-to-launch-itidas-first-all-africa-pitch-competition/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:47:22 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712017 Winners would receive grants totalling $60,000

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The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has collaborated with RiseUp, the one-stop-shop for connecting startups in the MENA region with the most relevant resources worldwide, to launch “African App Launchpad Cup”; the first pitch competition in Africa.

The competition invites startups working in either gaming or application development from 19 different African countries to participate in the contest that offers grants totalling $60,000. The African App Launchpad Cup is striving to set a global stage for thriving early-stage startups to present to hundreds of regional and international investors and VCs.

Applications are now open for startups in Egypt and Africa to apply via the competition website: http://techleaders.eg/aal/competition/ until November 18th. The startups will compete on December 7th and the winners will be announced in alignment with RiseUp summit; MENA’s largest annual entrepreneurship event at the American University in Cairo, new Campus.

“We are excited to launch the African App Launchpad Cup, which will allow us to educate young African calibres and spur their innovation on the latest app and games technology, also, to support the creation of job opportunities for African youth”, Clarified Hala El-Gohary, CEO of ITIDA.

“It is such a pleasure to be able to host the first African pitch competition in the region during RiseUp Summit. This is a step towards achieving our vision of creating more opportunities in the entrepreneurship ecosystem by connecting more stakeholders to the community in Africa. We would like to thank ITIDA for launching and sponsoring the competition and becoming the supporting arm behind the growth of Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem,” Abdelhameed Sharara, Founder and CEO of RiseUp, says.

The African App Launchpad Cup is not only Africa-wide pitch competition for startups but also a valuable learning experience for participating entrepreneurs. The participating startups will get the chance to join an accelerator program and will be granted exhibition spaces during the RiseUp Summit. They will also pitch to a wide audience, as well as jury members of local and regional VCs and investors, guaranteeing wide regional exposure for the startups.

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Digital transformation to increase Egypt’s competitiveness: Communications Minister https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/25/digital-transformation-to-increase-egypts-competitiveness-communications-minister/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:42:58 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712014 Automation of 170 services nationwide in 36 months at a cost of EGP 8bn, says Amr Talaat 

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Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, stressed that Egypt stands side by side with Lebanon on the back of recent incidents in the country. He also appreciated Lebanon’s steadfastness in transforming into a modern technological society.

It came during his speech at a symposium held by the Egyptian Lebanese Businessmen Friendship Association (ELBA) on Tuesday evening, entitled “Digital transformation: the way to economic growth”.

The minister explained how the ministry is putting in great effort in order to keep Egypt at pace with the rest of the world. The government hopes to achieve digital transformation of Egypt and plans to do so through two axes; automation of the government, and training Egyptian youth on technological developments. This will also allow for the Egyptian economy to increase its competitiveness in domestic and international markets.

He explained that the first step to build a digital society will be moving the government to the New Administrative Capital and get rid of the paper-based bureaucracy. He explained that a digital government requires a digital transformation of services through the development and modernisation of information infrastructure and improvement in addition to a strong legislative framework that provides e-commerce governance, data security, and the preservation of seller and buyer rights. Talaat also noted that legislation have been promulgated and are intended to be completed in order to combat internet and digital offenses.

The minister revealed that the government aims to automate three services nationwide by the end of January 2020, which includes providing all traffic services excluding technical inspection of cars, launching documentation and agency services, as well as supply services.

The minister said that the three services will be available to citizens through a digital platform or government portal, telecommunications centres, and mobile applications besides the Egypt Post branches.

He also confirmed that the post offices will carry out financial services provided by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority in order to better facilitate funding for young people looking to start their businesses.

Talaat added that the second phase of the project aims to provide services more proactively and will include alerting the citizen in case of residency change in order to transfer some services such as electricity metres or supply services. Consumers will also have these services provided through kiosks in modern gas stations. “The driver will be allowed to renew the license at the services kiosks while refuelling,” Talaat said. He noted that the services will also be provided via call centres and delivery services if a person does not need to visit government facilities.

The minister pointed out that the three automated services are part of Egypt’s project to digitise government services, which has already begun in a pilot application in Port Said governorate and includes the provision of 170 government services at a cost of EGP 8bn and a period of 36 months. The circulation of the automation project to the rest of the country would require linking 33,000 government facilities in 27 governorates with fibre-optic networks to prevent any interruptions or disruption to service.

He revealed that 170 mechanised services will be provided in Port Said governorate by the end of this year, where the first launch of the project started in the governorate by providing 18 services last July, 25 services in September, and then 34 digital services in October, He noted that 800 service sites and a government building in Port Said have been connected to fibre-optic networks.

The minister said that with the completion of three fully automated projects in addition to the automation of 170 services will be followed by larger projects, such as the new comprehensive health insurance system, farmer card, and a restructuring of the national tax system.

He explained that the comprehensive health insurance project, which began in Port Said, will be fully automated, starting from verifying the eligibility of the citizen and then automating all healthcare services such as disbursing medicines and financial settlements, noting that the second phase of the project will be in four governorates: Ismailia, Suez, Luxor, and Aswan.

Talaat explained that the farmer card project aims to automate the fertiliser and chemicals system, rationalise water usage, and preserve the state’s financial resources by ensuring the delivery of subsidies to its rightful beneficiaries. The farmer card will also verify land acquisitions and cultivated areas in order to develop an integrated agricultural map that will help measure the amount of water needed for agriculture and the season’s crops, and to clarify agricultural gaps between production and consumption to achieve stability in goods and markets

He pointed out that the implementation of the project in Port Said and Gharbia governorates are just the first stage, with plans to expand to all governorates within 24 months. Talaat pointed out that the application of the project and its circulation will provide an information map on agriculture in Egypt and will better handle the encroachment of agricultural land and reduce wrong practices in obtaining government support unlawfully.

He added that the project of restructuring the tax system is being implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Finance and aim to achieve tax justice and discipline for the tax community. This newfound tax structure will expand the tax payer base without burdening the taxpayers, thus increasing tax revenues.

In regard with increasing the internet speed in Egypt, Talaat said that the volume of investments allocated to improve speeds have reached $1.6bn, adding that the average internet speed in Egypt will reach 20Mbps by the end of this year, compared to 17.75Mbps currently, and will increase to 40Mbps by the end of 2020.

He stressed that his ministry is working in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to develop youth centres scattered around the country, which is estimated to be about 4,000 youth centres. This will better help the country train and create the next generation to keep pace with technological advancements and deal with various applications. Talaat explained that the ministry is looking to connect fibre optic cables to 100 centres by the end of the year.

He added that the ministry has trained 4,000 young people in fiscal year 2017/16 and 13,000 last year, and plans to train 25,000 youth this fiscal year, noting that six new training centres will be established, bringing the total to 12 centres.

Regarding innovation and technology projects, the minister said that the telecommunications sector produced 1,500 new companies last year, and that major foreign companies have taken over nine of them, noting that Egypt became the second fastest growing economy in the Middle East last year, of which 4% comes from the communication sector, up from 3.2% contribution to GDP last year, with plans to reach 8% in three years.   

The minister reviewed the second axis of Egypt’s digital strategy, which aims to develop the health and education sectors along with youth training on digital transformation. He explained that the use of contemporary smart technology and applications have become a key element in increasing an individual’s competitiveness for a job.

He revealed the most important feature in the grand scheme of the project is the construction of the city of knowledge that will be built on an area of more than 200 feddan in the new administrative capital. The first phase includes the establishment of four technology buildings.

Fathallah Fawzy, president of the ELBA, affirmed the Egyptian people’s solidarity with Lebanon in their march to reform, stability, and prosperity.

Fawzy said that the technological revolution and digital transformation in Egypt is the largest step in its overall and comprehensive reform process, which started after President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi assuming the presidency years ago

“We see the results ourselves in the digital transformation and the great leap in digitization and the use of technological applications in advanced technological programmes, whether on the economic or social level,” he added.

Ahmed Sarhan, Chairperson of the Committee on Communications and Information Technology said that digital transformation is an important tool for economic growth and is no longer a luxury or choice. Digital transformation has positive economic and social effects and is a locomotive for economic growth and can achieve state plans and objectives, he added.

Sarhan noted that the automation of government procedures has a positive effect in facilitating access to services for citizens, improving the efficiency of services, reducing bureaucracy, assisting the government in combating corruption, and can create a real database that contributes to drawing development and investment plans on real and realistic bases.

He stressed the importance of national companies and the Egyptian youth entering digital transformation projects and automating state procedures. Egyptian companies have the opportunity to be influential, industrial, and participate in all components and stages of the digital transformation projects.

Khaled Hegazy, CEO of Etisalat Misr Corporate Sector, said that digital transformation has gained great importance for Egypt with the launch of the economic reform programme and other giant national projects.

He stressed that the private sector is looking forward to achieving real integration with the government and is encouraging partnership with various government entities to enable itself and the Egyptian youth to play their role in digital transformation projects and provide new ideas to provide digital services to citizens in various fields.

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SAS, SciSports maximise AI to open new horizons for sports https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/18/sas-scisports-maximise-ai-to-open-new-horizons-for-sports/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:00:59 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=711294 Company collaborates with 50 professional football organisations around the world

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Over the last few years, we’ve gotten a lot of sci-fi films that explore how life would be in a world controlled by machines that act like humans, but this is no longer fiction. Some may be familiar with the emerging concept of artificial intelligence (AI), however, not many know about its uses in real life.

AI is simply an area of computer science that emphasises the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. It’s a hot topic, but the actual uses are still missing. With that in mind, SAS Institute – an American multinational developer of analytics software – and SciSports – an international sports analytics company – held a webinar recently on analytics and AI in sports, mainly football.

Mark Bakker, principal business solution manager at SAS, said AI is the science of training systems to emulate human tasks through learning and automation. This requires collecting a huge amount of data and analysing them, so the machine can learn what to do as if they’re humans.

In football, it requires using edge computing techniques with high-definition cameras around the pitch which generate large amounts of data about each player and the precise location of the ball whenever it is touched. Deep learning techniques allow generating ‘heat maps’ for individual players to show, for example, where on the pitch they were when they set up a chance for a goal or scored.

This, in turn, allows analysis of success and fail rates of each action, and to model behaviour for each player. Eventually, the aim is to have real-time scoring for players using deep learning algorithms, and therefore enable identification of ‘rising stars’ and undervalued players by benchmarking performance against peers.

To illustrate, Giels Brouwer, founder and chief innovation officer at SciSports, said the idea of his company emerged from his passion of playing football management games, like FIFA Manager, which uses a data driven approach at football scouting matches to find undiscovered youth players.

Accordingly, the Dutch sports analytics company, founded in 2013, uses streaming data and applies machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence to capture and analyse this data, making way for innovations in everything from player recruitment to virtual reality for fans.

Brouwer said the company has 50 employees so far, working in three offices in the Netherlands, Germany, and France. SciSports collaborates with 50 professional football organisations around the world.

He setup some examples of players who the company helped through scouting to improve their career. One of these players was Memphis Depay. The player wrote a bio book recently and a whole chapter talking about the company and how they helped him find a big club that fits his skills based on his data, which was Lyon. SciSports also cooperated with Belgium’s national football team during World Cup and Ajax in building their team’s data. The company has many club clients and it not only shows the players’ abilities, but also their potentials. It provides an index of amateur players and potential talents.

Brouwer also gave examples of potential talents around the world, namely Dani Olmo who is playing for Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb and the company believes he may go to Spain’s La Liga.

Brouwer told Daily News Egypt that the company covers the Middle East and North Africa, however, it has no activity in Egypt. Even though, according to SciSports’ index, Nigerian midfielder Azubuike Okechukwu, who plays for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir, on loan from Egyptian club Pyramids FC, is the best talent in Egypt, followed by Ramadan Sobhi who plays for Cairo giants Al Ahly.

Finally, Brouwer said he believes this new sphere is progressing really fast, as six years ago, no body was using data, but now almost every club is using some kind of data analytics in their work, either to evaluate its players’ performances or to do opponent analysis.   

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Aiming to eliminate space constraints, Japanese airline unveils robot avatars https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/18/aiming-to-eliminate-space-constraints-japanese-airline-unveils-robot-avatars/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:00:55 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=711304 Company hopes it will replace flying, allow elderly and those with disabilities to fully participate in society

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ANA Holdings (ANA HD), a Japanese airline group, unveiled its new “avatar-in” service at CEATEC 2019, one of Japan’s biggest international digital trade show, in a bid to create futuristic social infrastructure and eliminate space constraints.

According to the company’s announcement, ANA HD service, a part of Society 5.0, combines its air travel capabilities with the connectivity of Avatars, the company is working to reduce barriers to travel and enable everyone to equally participate in society.

Telepresence is not a new concept, it refers to technologies that enables humans to have a real-time sensation of being at a place other than where they exist, while being able to interact with the remote environment, which may be real, virtual, or a combination of both.

It also refers to an advanced type of teleoperation system that enables an operator at the control to perform remote tasks dexterously with the feeling of existing in a surrogate robot working in a remote environment.

Avatar is essentially a robot that is remotely controlled by a human. Currently, various avatar systems are in development but each consist of an operator apparatus (pilot) and remote apparatus (avatar) that are in complete synchronisation.

Avatar would allow sensations of sight, sound, and touch detected by the remote avatar are fed back to the operator.

Accordingly, Avatars will allow anyone to teleport their consciousness to a remote location. Thus, it will pave the way for global resource sharing, and open the doors for skilled labour, such as doctors, teachers, scientists, engineers, artists, to share their knowledge despite the space constraints.

“ANA HD is built on connecting people and Avatars have the potential to connect people across the world in a way that traditional travel cannot and is a continuation of our core beliefs”, said Shinya Katanozaka, President and CEO of ANA HD.

According to the press statement, the first batch of 1,000 newme avatars scheduled for release in April 2020, which will facilitate interactivity between Avatar robots and their operators.

Avatar robot “newme” would feature full-HD, 2K video transmission and customizable body accessories that can be adjusted to fit a variety of deployment needs.

The company hopes that avatars would ultimately make it possible for the elderly and those with disabilities to fully participate in society and even find employment.

ANA HD envisions the newme Avatar being used by the general public in scenarios such as shopping and enjoying sports matches from remote locations.

“This far-reaching plan will change the way that mobility is leveraged to solve social issues, and help create a society that exponentially increases freedom to learn, share and move,” the company said.

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Mondia enhances its presence with the opening of a new tech hub in Cairo https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/07/mondia-enhances-its-presence-with-the-opening-of-a-new-tech-hub-in-cairo/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:47:08 +0000 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710165 Mondia, a leading private mobile technology company, announced the opening of their new tech hub in Cairo. The newly created facility will host the company’s technical developers and designers, creating state of the art technologies,

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Mondia, a leading private mobile technology company, announced the opening of their new tech hub in Cairo. The newly created facility will host the company’s technical developers and designers, creating state of the art technologies, innovative products and solutions servicing various markets across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The modern first-of-its-kind facility in New Cairo will set a new standard in the software industry and will be home to more than one hundred technical team members. The office design will allow for a team to function in ‘squads’ a proven working concept, aiding extensive collaboration and promoting communication which in turn drive innovation. The premises will include creative space such as a ‘gamers cave’, focus rooms, playful seating areas and a café type street kitchen.

Attracting the greatest minds in the software world is synonomous with Mondia’s strategy and strong partnerships with tertiary institutions is the key driving force to future talent. The tech hub will provide learning facilities for internships and additional skill development.

“It is key for us at Mondia to deliver to market demands and identify trends to advise customers on solutions that are not only innovative but also provide a world-class digital experience. Our investment in Egypt and our tech hub allows us to develop with speed and quality that can be scaled, which far outweighs the outsourcing model”, said Dr. Amadeo Rahmann, CEO of the Mondia Group. “We want to create a unique space for our team to have the best in industry facility as we expand our ability in delivery across the globe”, he added.

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TikTok marks massive success in Egyptian market  https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/19/tiktok-marks-massive-success-in-egyptian-market/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 21:55:33 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708456 Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are the most three important market for TikTok currently, says regional communication director

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Celebrating its huge success in Egypt, Tiktok – a social media video app – launched its first event in Cairo highlighting its achievements in the Egyptian market. The short-video platform has recently become one of the most popular applications in the Middle East and the world, leading the scene of personal vlogging.

TikTok hit the world in August 2018, offering users various options in the field of videography through a number of easy-to-use video-capturing and editing tools. It, further, offers users a wide range of filters and effects which adds on the entertainment element of the videos they bring out.

“As a very new platform, we have grown rapidly especially in Egypt. We have witnessed a tremendous growth at the 6-12 months,” Tiktok’s Regional Communications Director in Africa and the MENA, Gita Ghaemmagham, told Daily News Egypt.

Ghaemmagham highlighted that Egypt is among the three main countries in the Middle East, which witnessed the biggest interaction with the application, and growth market.

“Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are the most three important market for us currently,” she pointed out. “Egyptians can easily express themselves through the app. That led us to -within a year- have a huge number of content creators, influencers, as well as normal consumers from different ages.”

TikTok is currently one of the most downloaded mobile applications at the Google play and Apple store. It is available in 150 markets and 75 languages.

Despite not stating the exact number of TikTok users in Egypt, Ghaemmagham assured that it is growing massively leading to the increase of monetisation rate. She also explained that the music is the most used genre by the app users within Egypt.

“We are currently looking for ads, and to collaborate with the brands, in order to be able to connect them to their target audience,” she added. 

Throughout the event, Hany Kamel, TikTok’s Content Operations Director for North Africa, discussed the application’s efforts in promoting social causes, including tourism, in Egypt. 

As part of a global initiative #TikTokTravel, Egypt was one of among over 100 countries to be included in the campaign that saw users share over 400,000 videos of authentic travel moments that received a total of 1.7bn views. Using the hashtag of #No_Place_Like_Egypt, around 2,000 videos were streamed garnering 

16.8m views in eight days.

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Lenovo targets 40% market share in gaming laptops, 35% across all PCs in Egypt: Rony Mezeraani https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/18/lenovo-targets-40-market-share-in-gaming-laptops-35-across-all-pcs-in-egypt-rony-mezeraani/ Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:27:10 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708363 Lenovo unveils Legion Y540, L-340 gaming laptops

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Lenovo is number one when it comes to global PC Market laptop markets, and targets 40% of the niche gaming market in Egypt, Rony Mezeraani, general manager for Levant, Egypt, North Africa (LENA) and West Africa, told Daily News Egypt on Tuesday.

Mezeraani’s statement came during an official launch event for the latest addition of the company’s growing line-up of gaming laptops. Lenovo unveiled the Legion Y540 and the IdeaPad L340 gaming laptops.

The two laptops feature advanced graphic cards: GeForce RTX 2070 in the Legion Y540, and GeForce RTX 1650 for the L340.

According to Ola Eldib, consumer and commercial country manager Egypt and Levant at Lenovo, the Legion Y540 boasts a revolutionary cooling system, called cold front technology, that maintains the laptop’s temperature, with much less noise than other cooling technologies.

“Gaming laptops aren’t exclusive for gamers, they are also for architects and engineers who require high graphic performance to run professional software,” Mezeraani elaborated.

In regard to Lenovo’s market share of laptops and PCs, Mezeraani told DNE that in LENA and West Africa region, the company has around 23.5% market share, and they target to increase it to 35% in the near future.

For Egypt, the company’s market share for laptops and PCs stands at above 20%, and they hope to bring it up to 35%, “Egypt is one of our strategic markets, we see a great potential in the country,” Mezeraani stressed.

When it come to the company’s data centre business, he elaborated that Lenovo is strongly positioned in the Egyptian market, and that they have around 500 clients.

Mezeraani revealed that there will be other products in the pipeline, that will be revealed in January 2020 during the Consumer Technology Association event in Las Vegas.

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LG Electronics inaugurates 1st integrated campus in Egypt on Thursday https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/12/lg-electronics-inaugurates-1st-integrated-campus-in-egypt-on-thursday/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:08:00 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707781 Campus to include training academy, AI products’ store, say sources

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LG Electronics, the South Korean giant manufacturer, is inaugurating its first integrated campus in Egypt on Thursday, according to sources at the Korean embassy in Cairo. The sources added that the new campus is set to include a training academy, a store for displaying the latest artificial intelligence (AI) products, in addition to a number of administrative offices.

The store will also showcase LG’s largest revolutionary range of technologies for customers in Egypt and the Middle East, as well as the latest technological innovations which the company has created worldwide, particularly in OLED TVs, TwinWash washing machines, and an AC inverter for air conditioners, the sources declared.

LG’s new store will also feature the first Arabic TV supported by AI technology, the sources added, noting that LG Electronics is the first company in the world to provide Arabic voice services in televisions.

The South Korean ambassador to Egypt, Yeocheol Yoon, will attend the inauguration ceremony at the new campus in presence of LG’s President for the Middle East and Africa Region (MEA) James Lee, and the company’s CEO in Egypt, Don Kwak, the sources noted.

LG Electronics plans to invest an additional $15m in the local market, Kwak told Daily News Egypt in January 2019, noting that the company’s current $240m worth of investments will increase to about $255m to finance expansion plans.

“Egypt has major investment opportunities. Our exports’ value reached $200m in 2018 which represented 75% of the company’s production,” he elaborated, adding that his company seeks to increase its exports value through entering new markets in Africa–a plan that coincides with Egypt’s presidency of the African Union (AU) in 2019.

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ITIDA hosts first-ever shared services, outsourcing forum in Egypt on 3-4 September https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/02/itida-hosts-first-ever-shared-services-outsourcing-forum-in-egypt-on-3-4-september/ Mon, 02 Sep 2019 16:33:14 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706840 The event comes in line with Egypt’s vision to strengthen its position as EMEA’s countries’ shared services and outsourcing hub. The forum is officially supported by Egypt’s Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Amr Talaat, who will be delivering the opening speech.

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Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), in partnership with the Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON) will be hosting the Shared Services and Outsourcing Forum Middle East 2019 in Egypt for the first time on 3rd – 4th September at the Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo.

The event comes in line with Egypt’s vision to strengthen its position as EMEA’s countries’ shared services and outsourcing hub. The forum is officially supported by Egypt’s Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Amr Talaat, who will be delivering the opening speech.

ITIDA CEO, Halal El-Gohary said, “We’re so thrilled to host such an event in Egypt. It will be a great opportunity for experts and industry leaders to meet and discuss the future of shared services and outsourcing business models. In addition, the event is the right venue for us to showcase how Egypt has evolved from a cost-competitive and traditional outsourcing location into a hub for high end and value-driven services.

 “What sets Egypt apart from other nearshore destinations in Europe, as well as on a global comparison is the high potentials to implement service centres on a meaningful scale,” she added. 

 The two-day forum will feature a number of international keynote addresses, industry expert panels, and more than 20 breakout sessions. The forum agenda is designed to ensure the forum works with the governments and private organisation’s key focus sectors and will deliver a packed and stimulating programme for the attendees.

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2nd edition of E-commerce summit to tackle fintech, digital transformation in Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/02/2nd-edition-of-e-commerce-summit-to-tackle-fintech-digital-transformation-in-egypt/ Mon, 02 Sep 2019 12:37:53 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706804 The most advanced fintech players in the Egyptian market are the payment service providers and mobile wallets and both have been widely adopted by banks and telecom providers.

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 Fintech to play an integral role as Egypt embarks on a journey to reach financial inclusion, digital transformation.

Egypt’s burgeoning fintech scene could spur growth by helping bring more people and businesses into the formal economy and increase the size of e-commerce transactions.

However, while Egypt has the largest population in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, only 14% of the adult population has a bank account, according to the World Bank Global Findex.

The most advanced fintech players in the Egyptian market are the payment service providers and mobile wallets and both have been widely adopted by banks and telecom providers.

The North African country has one of the largest mobile telecom markets in Africa, with effective competition and a penetration rate of approximately 105%. The country also has more than nine million wallets as 200,000 to 300,000 wallets being opened every month.

Earlier this year, the government set up a EGP 1bn ($57m) fund via the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) and the International Finance Corporation launched a two-year program for fintech startups.

Electronic payments footprint in Egypt vs. cash payments

While there is no specific number for e-payments footprint in Egypt vs cash payments, the volume of electronic transactions in Egypt amounted to $2bn, including those transactions along with e-commerce booking services for travel tickets and hotels, while regulated e-commerce volume amounts to about $0.5bn.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) e-commerce market is expected to reach $2.7bn by 2020, and according to the World Bank, roughly 44 million people are eligible to enter the formal banking sector in Egypt. Yet only 14% of the Egyptian adults have bank accounts while the rest are unbanked, reflecting a long-standing distrust of banks.

Egypt has a young population, around 65% is under the age of 35, so a boom in digital payment services should be easy to achieve if financial institutions focus on awareness campaigns.

Banks are currently working on their own mobile applications to reduce cash operations as well and the e-wallets are emerging.

Talking about the future of fintech and how it is shaping the market in the current phase, robusta’s Managing Director, Hussein Mohieldin, said that a clearer and more accessible regulatory structure is needed to encourage widespread adoption. In addition, raising awareness of fintech is also critical to counter the cultural preference for cash payments. Egypt has tremendous potential to expand in fintech thanks to its large economy, mature banking industry, and young population.

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Cybersecurity transformation in 2019 and beyond https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/30/cybersecurity-transformation-in-2019-and-beyond/ Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:00:14 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706557 I’d like to tell you a short story. When working with a client on its security provision, we discovered that it had only devoted 4% of its total IT budget to cybersecurity. “Let’s develop a solution with this 4%,” said the client. It was only at that moment that I realized that cybersecurity is often …

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I’d like to tell you a short story. When working with a client on its security provision, we discovered that it had only devoted 4% of its total IT budget to cybersecurity. “Let’s develop a solution with this 4%,” said the client. It was only at that moment that I realized that cybersecurity is often considered as something that does not yet exist. This is a common misconception, and in some ways, this is the fault of the cybersecurity industry.

So what is cybersecurity?

For a long time, the cybersecurity industry has been doing what customers needed: offering products to protect them from existing threats targeting their networks. Moreover, customers were ready to pay for it, and this is more than logical – if there is a problem, people are ready to pay for a solution. But, as a result, the industry has made no effort to provide customers with a clear understanding of what cybersecurity actually is. Protection of information systems was perceived as adding layers into the system architecture: build an IT infrastructure, put some security on top and you’ll be fine. IT was something that would speed up and simplify a few business processes, but not yet the backbone of business infrastructure.

Competitiveness, as well as effectiveness and profitability, did not depend on IT. As such, cybersecurity was considered as an optional not obligatory part of your business network, demanding an arbitrary amount of investments. People would only spend 4% of their IT budget on security because there was 4% allocated for ‘additional needs’.

Because of this, the industry just sold utilitarian products that worked with more or less any company servers and computers. The only difference between offerings was the number of endpoints and servers which needed protection, or for which budget was available.

Back then, the answer to the question “what is cybersecurity” was simple: cybersecurity is the software you buy to protect your IT infrastructure from malware. However, the modern business environment – at least when it comes to large enterprises – is transforming and so should the cybersecurity industry.

Today we live in an ultra-connected world. In an era of digital economies, where technology has become deeply entrenched in our lives, modern and efficient IT infrastructure is an integral part of any profitable business. When a business thinks about what kind of IT infrastructure it needs, it doesn’t consider how to apply it efficiently, but rather what business goals can be achieved with the technology.

In other words, businesses know exactly what objectives they are aiming at. They want to use the right tools. But, more than that, they are looking for experts to demonstrate and explain what should be done in order to achieve their needs; not just someone who will propose a unified solution that (supposedly) fits everyone.

Yes, modern cybersecurity solutions protect from all the major sophisticated cyberthreats. But that’s not a killer-feature anymore. Security software is rapidly becoming a commodity. Protection from any kind of cyberthreats is not something that modern businesses are looking for. That is something they already have, so it doesn’t solve their cybersecurity challenges.

What would solve them?

The new ultra-connected and digitalized business environment requires a specific approach not just to cybersecurity, but to the very process of accessing cybersecurity. The latter includes not only finding cost-effective security technology that performs well in security tests but also understands what kind of protection a particular business needs. By default, any business has little insight into what specific protection fences they need to build to mitigate emerging attack vectors.

Should a business prepare itself for attempts by Chinese or Russian-speaking hackers? Should they invest considerable money inexpensive solutions that would protect a particular part of the company from disruption? Or is the probability of such an attack so low, that it would be more profitable to have this risk covered by insurance?

Would the NotPetya malware have brought the same amount of damage if the victims had known in advance that – given the global distribution of their business – they should pay more attention to protecting themselves from supply chain attacks?

These and other questions are really hard to answer if you don’t have security expertise. On the other hand, as the experts, the security industry must cease to create one single product that addresses the myriad risks each different businesses face.

That is why the cybersecurity industry is moving from a realm of unified boxed products towards expertise-based, business-needs driven, unique solutions. As an industry, we must start to listen more to what clients are looking for, and we must start putting our knowledge about cyber threats into the context our clients are living in. This means creating specific, tailored and unique solutions to protect businesses from the threats they really risk facing. Not those that would have minimal impact on the performance of the core business IT systems and would be difficult to justify from a budgeting perspective.

The cybersecurity industry needs to learn how to minimize risks based on customer’s goals and desired results, not the threats that customers should be protected from.

Cybersecurity is no longer just about providing software protection from all possible cyber threats, be it malware, spam or advanced persistent threats (APTs). It is not what you buy, but what you get. Previously, a notification from a security product about malware being caught on an endpoint was a sign that you were protected; proof that you made the right investment. Today, a wisely built IT infrastructure armed with specific protection technologies is astonishingly expensive and not cost-effective. It is pointless cybersecurity. A better indicator of cybersecurity is the fact that you didn’t lose a penny due to cyber-incidents in the last quarter.

So, is it realistic to build proper cybersecurity with a limited budget?

Of course, it is. But with one important condition. This budget should be estimated as a result of expert cooperation between a business and an information security vendor. If a company’s IT infrastructure is a vital mechanism that ensures the business functions, then the cybersecurity industry is a vaccine to give this mechanism immunity from problems threatening it without causing any side-effects.

Alexander Moiseev is the Chief Business Officer of Kaspersky

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Software lies at heart of digital transformation, software-driven, open 5G infrastructure to enable quicker ROI: Juniper Networks CEO https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/30/software-lies-at-heart-of-digital-transformation-software-driven-open-5g-infrastructure-to-enable-quicker-roi-juniper-networks-ceo/ Fri, 30 Aug 2019 08:00:07 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706542 Egyptian Government clearly really ‘gets’ the social and economic value that a digital transformation can deliver, says Rahim

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The key to a successful 5G business model is the approach SPs take to their network transformation, Rami Rahim is Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks and a member of the company’s Board of Directors told Daily News Egypt.

Juniper Networks, Inc. is a networking service provider, the company develops internet infrastructure solutions for internet service providers and other telecommunications service providers. The Company offers network infrastructure solutions that include IP routing, Ethernet switching, security, and application acceleration.

Rahim recently visited Egypt to meet with some key customers, and signed an MoU for youth and human capital development with ITIDA in presence of Egypt’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Amr Talaat.

Daily News Egypt interviewed Rahim, to find out his views on the future of networking industry, 5G prospects, his company’s plans, and what can digital transformation offer.

Juniper Networks Q2 preliminary financial results showed an increase of 10% sequentially in revenues, what are the main drivers for growth, and what is your growth forecasts for Q3? 

Overall, secure networking continues to be a key area for investment as organizations around the world undertake digital transformation projects. So while our end markets are dynamic, they remain healthy, and we continue to see good opportunities across our key segments.

Looking forward to our Q319 results due in October, we’ve provided guidance that we expect revenues to continue to grow sequentially.

 

What is Juniper Networks’ competitive edge when it comes to 5G?

  5G offers a lot of new revenue potential for SPs, in terms of the rich mobile services and IoT capabilities it can deliver for users. At Juniper, we believe that the key to a successful 5G business model is the approach SPs take to their network transformation. Relying on legacy, hardware-intensive, proprietary networks to deliver 5G is one potential strategy, but may well prove to be very costly and inflexible – the precise opposite of what market dynamics demand.

To break out of this conundrum and reach viable 5G ROI (return on investment), we advocate that SPs must transform their end-to-end network strategies to support the following, software-driven capabilities: Predictive Automation, Distributed/Edge Cloud, Converged IP Transport, and Pervasive Security

So, being able to deliver these transformative capabilities to our customers is Juniper’s differentiation. I would also call out our focus on simplicity, in terms of delivering such sophisticated, innovative concepts in a very consumable, manageable way for SPs.

How do you view Egypt’s digital transformation plans and ICT sector?

  As you know, I recently visited Egypt to meet with some key customers, and I was, frankly, hugely impressed with what I learned about the country’s approach to digital transformation. In particular, what struck me as most remarkable is both the high ambition and the speed of the projects in hand. The Egyptian Government clearly really ‘gets’ the social and economic value that a digital transformation can deliver. I’m very pleased that Juniper is involved, and I’m very excited by the future for Egypt!

What can governments do to increase the affordability of 5G, and increase its implementation rates?

For me, this plays back into my earlier point about the business models SPs choose in pursuit of their 5G offerings. Building a flexible, software-driven and open infrastructure will enable a much healthier, quicker ROI, which should then lead to more cost-effective pricing models for users. I also think that the services possible thanks to 5G will be richer and more compelling – but that will lead to a very competitive, user-led market. The smart SPs will be those that are innovative with their services, which will only be possible with the right platform in the first place!

In your opinion, when would 5G be commercially available in Egypt in particular, and MENA?

  In our experience, SPs and telcos across the region are currently applying for spectrum licenses, and in parallel are also creating their infrastructure strategies. In many cases, they are also beginning to undertake trials of 5G infrastructure on a small scale. This is a similar pattern to SPs in other parts of the world.

Recently national security concerns have been on the rise, with doubts over the implementations of 5G, do you believe those security concerns towards 5G exaggerated?

As network infrastructure becomes more strategic, it is inevitable – and sensible – that this gives rise to more rigorous security considerations. Specific to 5G, as I already mentioned, one of the key capabilities Juniper delivers for customers is pervasive security, regardless of the scale of a 5G deployment.

An intelligent, software-driven network should utilize every component – routers and switches, not just security devices – to enforce security policies. The ability to do this in a multi-vendor environment is also key, so a truly open approach is fundamental. Automation is another important factor because it helps to scale security enforcement and eradicates human error.

Moving on to data centre networking, what differentiates between Juniper Networks and its competitors?

What really sets us apart in the data centre space is our vision and ability to help enterprises simplify their multicloud operations. This means, for example, being able to bring together distributed sites with a single management capability and a consistent operating system. This offers our customers huge technical and administrative dividends – the reasons why we’ve again been named a “Leader” by Gartner, Inc. in the 2019 Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant.

What is Juniper’s strategy when it comes to software?

Software lies at the heart of digital transformation and the multicloud era. It provides the means for networking infrastructure to be flexible, scalable and agile in support of innovative services and applications. It enables those services to be highly personalized, tailored to an individual user’s specific requirements or preferences, yet still be offered at scale. Several products across our routing, switching and security portfolio are available in both hardware and software form, enabling our customers to deploy bespoke yet flexible solutions that are eminently easy to manage.

It’s fair to say that Juniper has always been a software company, though! From our first router, the M40 brought to market in 1998, the software has been the differentiator. In those early days, the M40 was the first router from any vendor to use customized, programmable silicon, which enabled different functions to be separated and managed independently of one another. This unique approach drove game-changing performance and scale in the early days of the internet, an era of ‘scale-out’ which Juniper led thanks to our innovation with silicon. Looking into the current era – ‘scale-out’ – which is all about connectivity, collaboration and communication using multiclouds, we intend to continue our leadership, with the power of software. Our customers are building highly-scalable infrastructure using software-defined, cloud-based solutions, which enables a high degree of automation, and helps to harness the power of AI.

I like to talk about the fact that over time ‘the network’ as a concept has become increasingly complex. Today, the ability to automate functions within these networks – using software – actually simplifies them. So, in the right hands, this technology holds the key to its own future.

JunOS, our single operating system, remains at the heart of the Juniper portfolio today, from the largest to the smallest products. That makes life very easy for our customers, being able to train staff on one software product, being able to migrate from product to product without having to change the underlying software. That is another fantastic example of our desire to simplify the engineering around our customers’ networks, too.

What do you think are the top [trends] that would influence the networking scene in the near term?

Cloud and multicloud must be at the top of the list – they continue to be the single most influential factor shaping our industry, driving digital and business transformation. Automation and Ai are also hugely important because they enable the underlying, sophisticated networks to operate intelligently, reliably and at scale, in the cloud.

Taking all these things into account, I’d also add that Juniper’s focus on engineering simplicity into the networks we build for our customers is pretty significant too – just ask our customers!

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Pave Your Way Towards a Successful Score in Microsoft 70-462 Exam https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/21/pave-your-way-towards-a-successful-score-in-microsoft-70-462-exam/ Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:59:12 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705728 The IT certifications can play a great role when it comes to a breakthrough in the marketplace and can provide you with several opportunities of a well-paid job.

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The IT certifications can play a great role when it comes to a breakthrough in the marketplace and can provide you with several opportunities of a well-paid job. Whether you want to launch your career in IT or gain the fundamental experience required to counter the technical problems in today’s world, the Microsoft certificates push you forward in your career. While the idea of attempting an IT certification exam may seem compelling, preparing for it is a demanding task. Therefore, this article is going to tell you everything about Microsoft 70-462, ranging from what the test is about to what’s going to get you through it with an amazing score.

Exam details

The Microsoft 70-462 exam is focused on the tasks related to the databases of Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014. The candidates who pass this test are awarded the certificate, which is meant to prove their knowledge and technical skills useful in the administration of Microsoft SQL Server.

Microsoft doesn’t publish the information about the number of questions. But as a rule, there are 40-60 questions in different formats, such as multiple choice, drag and drop (asking the candidates to match answers with the correct alternatives), case study, interaction with the GUI to select the correct settings and options. The exam duration is about 120 minutes. The 70-462 certification test can be taken in 6 languages, including Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, French, German, and English. It is associated with the MCSA and MCSE credentials.

As published by the official Microsoft website, the 70-462 exam is designed for the database specialists who perform maintenance, installation, and configuration tasks. Other working roles include dealing with database systems and security of data.

The candidates of the Microsoft 70-462 exam should have a basic understanding of the installation, maintenance, and configuration of a database. The individuals interested in taking this certification test should have a decent experience with T-SQL and JavaScript. Having know-how of RDMS will also be assistive for their preparation.

Exam topics

There are the topics and subtopics to be covered while preparing for the Microsoft 70-462 exam. They are:

  • Installation and configuration of SQL Server (20-25%). It involves plan installation, installation of SQL Server and related services, implementation of a migration strategy, configuration of additional SQL Server components, management of SQL Server Agent.
  • Maintenance of instances and databases. It covers 15-20 % of the exam questions. The topic includes configuration of databases and SQL Server instances, implementation of SQL Server clustered instance, management of SQL Server instances.
  • Optimization and troubleshooting (15-20%). The candidates must learn how to resolve and identify concurrency problems, how to analyze and troubleshoot data, audit SQL Server instances.
  • Data management includes configuration and maintenance of a back-up strategy, implementation of indexes, import and export of data. It covers 20-25% of the exam content.
  • Security implementation (15-20%). The questions cover management of logins and server roles, database permissions, running users and database roles, troubleshooting security.
  • Implementation of high availability (5-10%). It includes the implementation of Always On, Database Mirroring, and HADR (High Availability and Disaster Recovery).

Exam Tips

  • It is important to cover all the exam topics/objectives through accurate reading and practice.
  • Reading one book or attempting a single practice test will not be enough, and the candidates must consult several study resources.
  • Time management is the key for a better score, and the timed practice tests are the ultimate support in this regard.
  • The individuals appearing for the exam are recommended to formulate a schedule and adhere to it for a disciplined approach towards their preparation.
  • Studies need to be carried in a quiet environment. This will improve an individual’s level of understanding of the concepts tested in the certification exam.
  • Although the preparation phase followed by the exam day’s pressurecanbe overwhelming, you must believe in your hard work. Eat, drink, and sleep well while also ensuring self-motivation and confidence!

Other details regarding the topics and preparation tools are available on the official Microsoft website.

Exam resources

There are several online courses, practice tests, exam dumps, and video tutorials available on the Internet. However, the following resources are the most recommended ones when it comes to preparing for the Microsoft 70-462 exam. Nevertheless, you must make a choice about selecting the right material for yourself, and you can always do some research for that matter.

Online courses

While learning for an IT certification exam, choose Examsnap because this is a website, which will help you by providing the pertaining material in the form of practice tests, online courses, exam dumps, and etc.You can also try Exam-Labs. The course offered by this website contains the material that is always up-to-date. The content is written by the IT industry specialists and is verified bythe qualified experts. You can change the exam format according to your choice, and for your ease, there is an option for the material’s preview with ten free questions. Have a look at the content and see for yourself!

Books

  • Training Kit (Exam 70-462) is an official book for this certification test.
  • Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Administration is another one for a decent preparation.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Administrationis good for the beginners and teaches skills to get the MCSA or MCSE certificates.

Online forums

MSDN, or TechNet, is the official Microsoft forum and has the advantage of being in multiple languages. Stack overflow is also a very popular platform for answering your questions. SQLServerCentral is the ultimate choice when it comes to SQL Server, as well as SQLTeam, which is another option to explore.

Conclusion

The most significant factor to be successful in an exam such as Microsoft 70-462 is finding the right study material, and we have helped you with that, right? Moreover, the candidates must take their preparation seriously, as the more you try, the better you prepare. Don’t forget about practice tests from Examsnap. Best of luck!

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Match Group acquires matchmacking Harmonica app https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/08/match-group-acquires-matchmacking-harmonica-app/ Thu, 08 Aug 2019 09:30:54 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704856 Match Group announced that it acquired Cairo-based Harmonica, a matchmaking application.

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Harmonica approaches mobile matchmaking with respect for local traditions and cultures. In total, a team of 12 full-time employees is joining Match Group to help it serve the Muslim demographic globally.

The acquisition deal details will be revealed in a press conference that will be held on the 26 August in Cairo , in the presence of Alexandre Lubot CEO EMEA & APAC at Match Group, Ramez El-Serafy, CEO of  Flat6Labs Cairo and Harmonica team.

With Match Group’s Acquisition deal, Harmonica’s early investors Flat6Labs and 500 Startups, had realized full exit on their investments in Harmonica.

Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group said, “as we think about international growth and expansion, there are huge populations of young singles mostly across Asia and the Middle East that will be looking for their life partners in the near future, and that are not properly served by Western products, said Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group.

Two years ago, we founded Harmonica with our sisters, cousins, and friends in mind, with the goal of helping them find a perfect partner. It was critical that what we built was something to protect them and represent the values that our community cares deeply about. It was also important that our parents would be comfortable with them using our app,” said Sameh Saleh, CEO of Harmonica.

“We’ve already facilitated hundreds of marriages just in Egypt and believe that with Match Group’s vast experience, there are exciting opportunities ahead.”Saleh added.

Ginsberg said that the Harmonica team has built a highly differentiated product that, although early stage, truly understands the needs of this culture, adding that “We believe we’ve found great talent, with local expertise and insights that will help us further succeed in our international expansion strategy.”

“ This deal marks the first major Flat6Labs exit with significant returns on investment in just over one year,” Ramez El-Serafy, Flat6Labs CEO said. 

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Japan-South Korea feud threatens tech industry https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/24/japan-south-korea-feud-threatens-tech-industry/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 13:00:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703404 Japan and South Korea partake in a complex and closely tied network of economies that contribute to the production of electronic goods, such as smartphones and laptops.

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The ongoing escalation between Japan and South Korea has caused panic in the tech industry, as important global manufacturing supply chain for semiconductors could be disrupted, adding more worries to the troubled global economy and the already ongoing trade tensions between China and the United States.

Japan and South Korea partake in a complex and closely tied network of economies that contribute to the production of electronic goods, such as smartphones and laptops.

Earlier in July, Japan unexpectedly imposed tighter controls on the exports of certain chemicals to South Korea.

Those chemicals are used in the Korean semiconductors industry, including memory chips, microprocessors, and integrated circuits, which are integral part of various modern-day electronic products.

Semiconductors companies are usually seen as an indicator to the overall health of the global economy, due to their widespread use.

On Tuesday, officials from South Korea announced that they will bring the dispute to a meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council.

In 2018, global sales of semiconductors grew 12.5% to reach $474.6bn, according to the research firm Gartner. However, it is anticipated that sales would decrease in 2019, as several large semiconductor companies have already reduced their earnings estimates amid deteriorating demand.

On Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Japan to lift the tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries’ economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than South Korea.

The dispute between the two US allies has further soured relations already troubled over Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before and during World War II.

The South Korean president accused Japan of exploiting its leverage in trade to punish South Korea over their historical dispute. South Korea believe that the Japanese decision is retaliation for the South Korean court ruling earlier this year that ordered Japanese corporations to compensate South Koreans forced to work for Japanese companies before and during World War II.

South Korea says Japan’s strengthened export controls of photoresists and other sensitive materials mainly to manufacture semiconductors and display screens could hurt its export-dependent economy and disrupt global supply chains.

Korean citizens responded by boycotting all Japanese products regardless of the possible economic losses.

South Korea is home to semiconductor giants Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, which supplied 61% of components used in memory chips globally in 2018, IHS Markit said.

Accordingly, production disruption affects the two companies’ customers, which include major tech companies Apple and Huawei.

For now, the two South Korean suppliers have “high” levels of semiconductor inventories that they can rely on, according to analysts from Citibank. But when that’s drawn down, the chipmakers could have trouble meeting production deadlines if they fail to find alternative suppliers of the three chemicals in time.

Citibank analysts estimated that at Samsung Electronics, inventories of the chemicals restricted by Japan could last the company 20-30 days. The estimation was based on the local Korean media report citing the company saying to customers “the current situation is manageable near-term.”

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78% of lonely Egyptians use music to overcome heartbreaks: Deezer https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/24/78-of-lonely-egyptians-use-music-to-overcome-heartbreaks-deezer/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 12:00:26 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703399 Study conducted by music streaming service over six countries around the world

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After breakups, many people would consider focusing on their life paths, focus on the things that they want to develop in their personalities, or seek moving on; yet the music remains a main supporting key for the people to keep going, according to a survey by global music streaming service, Deezer.

The survey said 78% of participants admitted that songs they listen to help them overcome heartbreaks. It included 2,000 people in Egypt, and 8,000 others across Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Germany, France, and the USA to prove similarities among users across the world.

The study searched number of cases of which music was stated to be an essential part of them, and had a remarkable role in people’s reactions in them. This includes, first dates, heartbreaks, and recovery process.

The study revealed that 72% of people admitted the importance of music in recovering from illness.

With over 56 million tracks available in every genre, the platform offers users all sorts of music to pick from, depending on their demand.

When it comes to the start of relationships, 29% of surveyed people in Egypt, admitted that they pretended knowing a song or an artist on their first date.

Users from Saudi Arabia and Brazil agreed with Egyptians on pretending to know an artist on the first date, except that the rate of doing so jumps on reaching 41%, compared to 29% in Brazil.

The journey music with people is far from having an end as the spark of love fades, 78% of lonely hearts admitted that music did help overcome heartbreaks, while 41% stated “seeking out new music to rebuild confidence after a romantic breakup.”

Speaking of hearts and love, the survey also stated that people’s taste in music genres dramatically changes after going through breakups.

The platform connects 14 million monthly active users around the world to 56m tracks.

Music is also proven to be an emotional calming drug for 84% of the surveyed people in Egypt admitted listening to music when feeling tense or nervous.

It also accompanies people at their new challenges, and triggers emotions and power inside of them. About 46% of people turn to music when starting a new job, while 34% seek out new music when traveling or exploring the world, while 35% use new music to help them find a new hobby.

“Music is part of us and the soundtrack to our lives is always evolving. It’s fascinating to see from our research how music discovery is closely linked to important phases and events in people’s lives,” Aurélien Hérault, Chief Research and Data Officer at Deezer, said in a press release.

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Russia’s Optical Museum: a blend of education and entertainment https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/17/russias-optical-museum-a-blend-of-education-and-entertainment/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:02:16 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702935 We dream to prepare OptoClones from best treasures in international museums, says Stafeev

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Saint Petersburg –The Optical Museum in Saint Petersburg is the first Russian interactive educational exposition. It was created as a part of the innovative educational programme of the National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO).

It is located in one of ITMO University’s buildings which was the house of a very famous Russian merchant called Eliseyev (before the revolution), and was the “birthplace of holography,” according to Professor Sergei Stafeev of the Faculty of Physics and Engineering at ITMO University. 

As part of a media trip organised by ITMO University, Daily News Egypt was invited along and had the chance to tour the museum and learn about its exhibitions. The museum contains 11 halls which recount the history of optics and modern technologies, each exhibit illustrates a particular optical phenomenon. 

Stafeev said that the museum is not only for holograms but it is also interested in all optical phenomena. He explained that the museum is about 400 sqm, and holds about 200 different exhibits about holography and all optical phenomena, mirrors, and history of optics.    

The museum aims to activate the concept of edutainment, which mixes education with entertainment, to make scientific knowledge more interesting for audience, particularly children. 

Visitors to the museum can freeze their own shadow, become the lord of particles, and even fly a little. The interactive format in the museum gives visitors the opportunity to study science with interest. 

In 2015, the museum hosted the Magic of Light exhibition organised by ITMO University, in cooperation with the Greek Hellenic Institute of Holography. In 2016, the museum held the Living Light Exhibition (Light Alive), which told visitors about the magical and beautiful properties of light. Magic of Light made a trip to Moscow (2016) and Shanghai (2019).

Stafeev noted that the museum has one of the best types of holograms in the world, called OptoClones, which is an ultra-realistic full-colour hologram that creates the illusion of the physical presence of a three-dimensional object. The project was recognized in 2015 by the International Association of Holography as the best project. 

The holograms include some of the most popular treasures of the Russian Empire: Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs and objects from the Moscow Diamond Fund.

“We have a dream to prepare the OptoClones from the best treasures of the most famous worldwide museums, and if we did that, we can prepare an absolute unique holographic museum,” Stafeev said. He explained further that this technique could be used after that in metropolitan cities to display international treasures. 

“If you really like to know some science, you need to know the history of this science. In 1961, one of the students of our institution, Yuri Denisyuk, started to think about a three-dimensional image of the real object and then invented volume holography; the process used to make white light reflection holograms,” said Stafeev. 

He added that in 1962 Denisyuk invented the method of image recording in three-dimensional environments allowing one to save information about phase, amplitude, and the spectral structure of the wave coming from an object. Denisyuk also used mercury arc lamps as a light source.

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MTI plans to merge Bee, Masary e-payment platforms by 2020 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/16/mti-plans-to-merge-bee-masary-e-payment-platforms-by-2020/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:20:46 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702788 Investor Relations and Business Development Manager at MTI, Ashraf El-Ghannam, said the group will focus on enhancing profitability by increasing contribution of high-profit-margin business lines, and replicating MTI’s business model to its recently consolidated subsidiary Qanawat.

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MM Group for Industry and International Trade (MTI) plans to merge its e-payment platforms, Bee and Masary, by 2020, in addition to increasing high-profit-margin products.

Investor Relations and Business Development Manager at MTI, Ashraf El-Ghannam, said the group will focus on enhancing profitability by increasing contribution of high-profit-margin business lines, and replicating MTI’s business model to its recently consolidated subsidiary Qanawat.

Al-Ghannam added that MTI targets to increase its business volume to EGP 20bn by the end of this year or the beginning of 2020.

He noted that MTI intends to develop Ebtikar, a non- banking financial services platform, to focus more on microfinance services.

MTI targets EGP 11.0bn in sales during 2019, including the expected EGP 3.0bn from Qanawat. The gross profit margins are distributed as follows: Samsung Mobile 6%, Huawei Mobile 8%, Qanawat 7%, Bosch 15%, telecom 4.2-4.6%, automotive 15%, and pipes and tractor over 30%.

MTI supports its core operations with a NBFS arm through its investment in Ebtikar.

Masary is an e-payment company with 80.0k points of sale. Bee is a pioneering tech company in payment solutions with 70.0k point of sale.

Tamweel Mortgage Finance is a platform of four companies operating in: leasing, mortgage finance, factoring, and insurance brokerage and collection.

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