Mobile tech fuels Middle East economy as 5G becomes reality, GSMA says

Enterprises need to get ready as mobile broadband drives use of emerging technology including IoT, VR and artificial intelligence.

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Martyn Williams

Mobile technologies and services generated 4.5 percent of total GDP (US$191 billion) for the Middle East and North Africa's economy in 2018 and, as 5G is deployed, will boost implementation of emerging technology such as IoT, AI and virtual reality, according to new research from the GSMA.

The research from the GSMA, the global trade body representing mobile operators, was included in two reports released at the annual GSMA Mobile 360 – MENA event happening in Dubai, which ends Wednesday.

The contribution of mobile technology and services to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will reach more than $220 billion in value by 2023 as economies benefit from a boost to productivity fueled by mobile broadband and the increased take-up of mobile services, the GSMA said.

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