IEEE Global Communications Conference
9-13 December 2018 // Abu Dhabi, UAE
Gateway to a Connected World

Patrons Descriptions

Etisalat logoEtisalat has deployed many innovative technologies and services to remain at the leading edge of customer experience.

Etisalat’s senior leaders understands the need to continue its investments in building the networks of the future because the positive effects filter down to the rest of the economy. Today, the UAE boasts of an excellent telecoms ecosystem, capable of driving successes across industries and sectors. Etisalat currently has the widest coverage of 3G and 4G mobile technologies in the country. We have established an extensive Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) network covering 86.4 percent of the UAE’s populated area, making the UAE rank as one of the most fibre-connected countries in the world. Etisalat’s FTTH network enables an ultrafast residential Internet network speed of up to 500 Mbps. In 2011, Etisalat rolled out the UAE’s first and currently the region’s widest 4G+ LTE network, providing mobile broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps and covering nearly 93 percent of the country’s populated area. Our extensive network reaches more than 735 international networks in over 200 countries.

As the UAE roars ahead to achieve its “smart vision”, Etisalat is strategically transforming into a leading integrated digital services provider. In support of the UAE’s goal to create smarter cities, Etisalat UAE has brought smarter services into every aspect of its offering - for individuals as well as small, medium and large businesses.

TRA logoThe Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been established according to the UAE Federal Law by Decree No. 3 of 2003 – Telecom Law. TRA is responsible for the management of every aspect of the telecommunications and information technology industries in the UAE. Despite its relatively short life-span, TRA has exceeded expectations by achieving its projected goals in record time.

TRA derives the objectives from the Telecom Law, its executive order and the national telecom policy. These goals ensure secure communications services throughout the State, and delivery of improved services, including the quality and diversity, and ensure the quality of services in conformity with the terms of the license by the licensor, and the promotion of telecommunications services and information technology in the state, and the promotion of the telecommunications sector and development of the country through training and development and the establishment of training institutions relevant to the sector, as well as to find solutions to disputes that may arise between the licensed operators, and establish and implement a framework for policies and regulations, and the promotion of modern technology, and contribute to the development of human resources in the state, and to promote research and development, including guarantees of the United Arab Emirates a regional role of an advanced leadership in the field of telecommunications and information technology.


ICT Fund logoThe ICT Fund was established by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in 2007, the first of its kind in the Middle East, to achieve rapid and tangible developments in the ICT sector in the UAE. The ICT Fund seeks to create a culture of entrepreneurship within the ICT sector and to improve links with the academic community. The ICT Fund, which is the funding arm of the TRA, provides the necessary resources to accelerate results and introduce the impact of ICT innovation on the region, underpinned by a firm conviction that technology is the creative engine of all new opportunities, with the aim of enhancing UAE nationals’ participation in the field of scientific and technological research.

The ICT Fund is testament of the UAE's commitment to innovation and progress by providing innovative R&D projects within the UAE ICT sector, as well as supporting education and training in ICT.

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Ankabut is the United Arab Emirates’ Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world; is an initiative of Khalifa University. In addition to connecting universities, Ankabut can connect schools and public institutions together across the UAE with an effective cost model. Ankabut also co-operates on a national, GCC, regional and international arena representing the UAE in conferences, exhibitions and forums. Ankabut aims to offer QoS based networks with IPv4/IPv6, multicast and introduce advanced services on a “Closed Group Network” with “Public Interest Purposes”.


Khalifa University of Science and Technology is a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and to the discovery and application of knowledge. Khalifa University merges Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and the Petroleum Institute into one world-class, research-intensive institution, producing world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. The University endeavors to be a catalyst to the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy as an education destination of choice and a global leader among research intensive universities.

Abu Dhabi TCAThe Department of Culture and Tourism regulates, develops and promotes the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as an inspired global destination, rich in cultural authenticity, diverse natural offerings and unparalleled family leisure and entertainment attractions, with the aim of supporting Abu Dhabi’s evolution into a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction.

In alignment with the core tenets of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and the Abu Dhabi Plan, we contribute to the nation’s economic diversification, working closely with stakeholders and partners to market Abu Dhabi locally and internationally.

Through a combination of activities that engage our stakeholders, we are able to nurture a cultured community that preserves heritage and values, attract national and international investments by marketing our key tourism segments, increase visitor numbers and stimulate growth by building an attractive yet distinctive tourism and cultural destination.

As the organization tasked with tourism regulation as well as cultural and heritage preservation, our aspirations are to deliver a holistic tourism strategy that benefits visitors and residents alike.

Huawei logoHuawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end capabilities and strengths across the carrier networks, enterprise, consumer, and cloud computing fields. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom carriers, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive ICT solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world's population.

Huawei's vision is to enrich life through communication. By leveraging our experience and expertise in the ICT sector, we help bridge the digital divide by providing opportunities to enjoy broadband services, regardless of geographic location. Contributing to the sustainable development of society, the economy, and the environment, Huawei creates green solutions that enable customers to reduce power consumption, carbon emissions, and resource costs.

Huawei has over 170,000 product and solution R&D employees, comprising more than 45% of our total workforce worldwide. We have set up 16 R&D centers in countries that include Germany, Sweden, the US, France, Italy, Russia, India, and China. Huawei began investing in 5G in 2009. In 2015, Huawei's revenue reached CNY395 billion (US$60.8 billion based on the year-end exchange rate), an increase of 37% year-on-year. In December of 2013 Huawei announced to pour $600m into 5G research over the next five years, ahead of the expected launch of 5G networks in 2020.

Intel logoIntel (NASDAQ: INTC) expands the boundaries of technology to make the most amazing experiences possible.  As the leader in the PC industry, Intel is powering the majority of the world’s data centers, connecting hundreds of millions of mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and helping to secure and protect enterprise and government IT systems. Intel’s manufacturing advantage—fueled by its pursuit of Moore’s Law—lets to continuously push the limits of performance and functionality and expand what experiences can be made possible. Intel has a growing portfolio of products and technologies that deliver solutions to help Communication Service Providers transform their networks, bringing advanced performance and intelligence from the core of the data center to the network edge. Intel’s commitment to network transformation is long and deep – with years invested in delivering reference architectures, growing a strong ecosystem, and partnering with end-users. Intel is deeply committed to 5G which represents the true convergence of computing and communications.  5G is a fundamental shift for the industry where networks will transform to become faster, smarter, and more efficient to realize the potential for the IoT and mobility, enabling richer experiences throughout daily life – augmented reality, smart cities, telemedicine, and more. Information about Intel and the work of its more than 100,000 employees can be found at and

National Instruments logoSince 1976, NI has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful platform-based systems that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers from a wide variety of industries – from healthcare to automotive, wireless communications, and from consumer electronics – use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve the world we live in.

Thuraya logoA global company, our robust satellites cover two-thirds of the world’s geographical area serving approximately 4 billion people. We were established in 1997 and have a presence in Singapore, the UAE, and the United States with plans to further grow our markets globally, in addition to our current markets to concretize our worldwide footprint. We own and operate two geostationary satellites at 44 degrees East and 98.5 degrees East providing comprehensive coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. We are the only MSS operator to offer GSM roaming capabilities from more than 395 worldwide GSM operators across 161 countries. Thuraya’s unique high gain spot beams and Dynamic Resource Allocation (DRA) offer continuous, uninterrupted coverage and are designed to respond to surges in traffic demand, flexibly allocating resources to areas with heavy traffic as needed. Pioneered and innovated some of the world’s most durable, smallest, smartest and most secure mobile satellite communications devices, including Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL - the world’s first dual-mode, dual-SIM phone. Developed the world’s first and only satellite adaptor for iPhone and Android, called the Thuraya SatSleeve. Developed the world’s first dual-mode Satellite & LTE hotspot, called Thuraya WE. Our product innovations such as the maritime-specific Thuraya Orion IP and vehicular Thuraya IP Voyager mobile satellite broadband terminals are helping to connect even more customers at sea as well as in remote communities. Thuraya has been recognized for our game-changing products and dedication to innovation.


Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, defense, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Brazil, Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by the Mubadala Investment Company, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services.

Keysight Technologies logoKeysight Technologies Inc. is the world's leading electronic measurement company, transforming today's measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its HP and Agilent legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and defense and semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. The company's over 10,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. 
Keysight's singular focus on measurement helps scientists, researchers and engineers address their toughest challenges with precision and confidence. With the help of our products and services, they are better able to deliver the breakthroughs that make a measurable difference. 

Keysight Technologies logoRohde & Schwarz stands for quality, precision and innovation in wireless communications. As a global leader in test and measurement covering the full cellular ecosystem from chipsets and devices to infrastructure and mobile network testing, it supports companies in the growing fields of Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Network operators, infrastructure vendors, service providers and regulatory authorities use Rohde & Schwarz products to plan, install, optimize and maintain their networks. The line of products covers all test scenarios – from mobile network quality measurements to network optimization and service quality monitoring to IP network analysis. Rohde & Schwarz is the only company to offer single-source T&M solutions for the entire lifecycle of a wireless communications network.

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The MATLAB and Simulink product families are fundamental applied math and computational tools adopted by more than 5000 universities and colleges. MathWorks products help prepare students for careers in industry, where the tools are widely used for data analysis, mathematical modeling, and algorithm development in collaborative research and new product development. 

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Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. We help researchers make new discoveries, collaborate with their colleagues, and give them the knowledge they need to find funding. We help governments and universities evaluate and improve their research strategies. We help doctors save lives, providing insight for physicians to find the right clinical answers, and we support nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout their careers.

Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 38,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray’s Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries.

Springer Nature logoFor over 175 years Springer Nature has been advancing discovery by providing the best possible service to the whole research community. We help researchers uncover new ideas, support librarians and institutions with innovations in technology and data, and provide quality publishing support to societies. We make sure all the research we publish is significant, robust and stands up to objective scrutiny, that it reaches all relevant audiences in the best possible format, and can be discovered, accessed, used, re-used and shared. As a research publisher, Springer Nature is home to trusted brands including Springer, Nature Research, BMC, Palgrave Macmillan and Scientific American. Springer Nature is also a leading educational and professional publisher, providing quality content through a range of innovative platforms, products and services. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals and resources reach millions of people. For more information, please visit and @SpringerNature.

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Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and services in research, professional practice and education, partnering with societies and communicating research discoveries.

As the home of leading communications technology publications, we proudly collaborate with authors, researchers, societies and organizations, including the IEEE, to support the research community in finding new ways to shape a better future. 

NetSim logoNetSim - Accelerating Network R & D: NetSim is a leading network simulation/emulation software, used for research and development by 400 + customers across 15 countries. NetSim features an extensive set of protocol libraries including 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 802.15.4 based WSNs, IOT, 802.22 Cognitive Radio, LTE / LTE-Advanced, MANET, VANET, IP, TCP and a variety of application models. An easy to use GUI enables users to create network designs and set properties. NetSim provides an animator to visualize packet flow, tabular and graphical view of throughput, delay, loss, utilization etc. A detailed packet and event trace is also available. Researchers can develop their own protocols/algorithms by modifying NetSim's source C code. NetSim has well-designed APIs for interfacing with other software such as MATLAB, SUMO, Wireshark etc. While NetSim simulator is virtual, NetSim Emulator enables users to link NetSim to live applications running on real devices. This allows live traffic to flow via the emulator and experience network effects. NetSim support eco-system features extensive videos libraries to help shorten the learning curve; helpdesk & phone tech support; monthly live webinars and regular product updates to customers.


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