du hosts MENA standardisation conference in association with GCF

The workshop covered GCF regulations and certification, live network field trials, 5G and their value add for the Middle East

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du hosts MENA standardisation conference in association with GCF The event days were split between operators and other vendors, to gain holistic insights into industry perspectives
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  July 25, 2016

du, the region's first full member operator of the Global Certification Forum (GCF), welcomed regional and global telcos to the MENA standardisation conference in association with GCF.

A series of knowledge sharing workshops presents topics related to GCF such as regulations and certification, live network field trials, and a roadmap to internet of things and 5G and how these can add value for the industry and consumers throughout the Middle East.

Saleem AlBlooshi, executive vice president of Network Development and Operations at du, said: "We are extremely pleased with the success of the event, which brought industry experts together to help achieve simplicity and convenience for customers throughout the region. The GCF cooperation will enable us to enhance the end-user experience, device quality, and service quality. This is a positive step towards creating a GCC-GCF standard which will enable the two way technology sync among the GCC countries, reduce the certification cost and will encourage the Terminal vendors to adopt the standard."

The agenda consisted of several workshops one of which gave an introduction to GCF, its regulations, and the business benefits of device certification. One workshop, "An Operator's Guide to GCF Certification", gave an overview of the current scope of certification, including its new features and how devices are certified.

The workshop of Roadmap included an explanation of how the scheme has evolved to accommodate new technologies such as 4G LTE, NFC, VoLTE, and RTE, opportunities presented by Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G in the mobile industry, and how certification can ultimately add value to a variety of business models. The Live Network Field Trials workshop highlighted how network field trials can detect product issues prior to commercial launch and test configurations under different network conditions.

While GCF Certification has been developed to serve the global market for mobile devices, the aim of the workshop was for GCF to identify whether additional information could be provided through its database of certified devices that could add value in different regional markets.

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