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Dr. Ayman Elnashar, PhD

United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Hold B.Sc., M.Sc., and PhD degrees in Telecommunications engineering. Innovative professional with 20+ years of experience and leadership positions in ICT industry. Proven track record and ability to manage start-up ICT service providers including planning, deployment, and operation (outsource/insource models). Have been part of three major start-up Mobile/Fixed/ICT operators (Orange/Egypt, Mobily/KSA, and du/UAE). Held key leadership positions and he is currently VP of Infrastructure Planning -ICT and Cloud at EITC (du); leading the company transformation to converged ICT infrastructure for network, IT and ICT solutions. Expert in mobile and fixed networks (2G/3G/4G/5G/WiFi) and cutting-edge ICT infrastructure including evolution strategy, roadmap, evaluation, and introduction of new technologies. Managed end-to-end delivery of several large-scale and mega Network, ICT and transformation programs with more than $2B budgets including network start-up, network/infrastructure expansion, cloudification/virtualization, and swap-out projects. Sound experience in digital transformation including IoT/M2M platforms and verticals, smart city, data analytics and innovative ICT solutions. Highly skilled in managing multiple, complex and large-scale ICT strategic programs, major ICT transformation and network/infrastructure modernization and reengineering. Highly adept at vendor management, CAPEX/OPEX/TCO optimization, and contracts/budget management thanks to strong negotiation skills and high level of commercial/ business acumen. Vast experience in network and IT economics, building/validating business cases, and how to drive the greatest value from ICT infrastructure. Highly skilled in RFPs, procurement tactics, network sourcing, and commercial negotiation. Sound hands-on technical expert and speaker/author with strong publication record of more than 30 papers and three ICT books ( He is the founder of UAE 5G Innovation Gate (

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Cloud 30.21
Startups 30.25

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Practical Performance Analyses of Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
May 08, 2016
Abstract— IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is a framework for delivering all-IP based services. Voice via IMS has been defined as a possible solution from 3GPP Release 5, prior to LTE. However, the cost and immediate need of IMS services prevented operators from migration to IMS-based services, especially with the widely presence of Circuit Switched (CS) services offered in GSM and UMTS networks. CS Fallback (CSFB), introduced in 3GPP Release 8, enables the support of voice service without IMS. This is the common deployed scenario for many exiting LTE networks. Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is compulsory to offer rich communication services (RCS) via IMS in addition to improving the performance of the already deployed CSFB voice solution. However, CSFB and VoLTE are still deployed concurrently, where operators can gradually roll out an LTE/IMS system while still supporting 2G/3G fallback mechanism. It is therefore important to benchmark the performance of both solutions, highlight the deployment challenges and study the impacts on the end-user experience.

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