Cloud adoption is accelerating worldwide: Forbes calculated the compound growth rate of cloud computing at a staggering 19 percent, meaning that its market value will rise from USD 67 billion in 2015 to USD 167 billion in 2020. The Middle East is at the forefront of this trend. Experts forecast that by 2020, there will be a 440 percent increase in datacenter traffic in the region. It is only a matter of time before the cloud supports the whole world.

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Nokia says that 5G will be a key-enabler for what it is labeled as the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' and that the next-generation technology has the power to completely transform societal norms in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, energy and healthcare. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Head of Customer Marketing and Communications, MEA at Nokia, Joachim Wuilmet during GITEX Technology Week.

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BridgeWave Communications, a market leader in the development and deployment of high capacity microwave and millimeter wave backhaul and front-haul solutions, is set to accelerate its growth and footprint in the Middle East following the regional launch of its NAVIGATOR DT systems at GITEX Technology Week.

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Cloud and Enterprise Business

GBI, a global cloud, connectivity and content enabler, joined the SmartHub Internet Exchange (SH IX) - Etisalat's carrier neutral internet exchange platform in the MENA ICT market.

Amr Eid, Chief Executive Officer of GBI, said: "We are pleased to join Etisalat's  SmartHub Internet Exchange which will enhance our network and the diversity of our routes providing access to the region's markets."

Ali Amiri, Group Carrier and Wholesale Officer, Etisalat said: "We are glad to host GBI into our ecosystem. This partnership will add greater value to the SmartHub platform further enriching our global network and connectivity propositions."

The Etisalat's SmartHub Internet Exchange (SH IX) is designed to handle significant end-user traffic and makes internet communication easier and cost-effective. SmartHub IX works towards providing a resilient, redundant and robust network with efficient engineering support. SmartHub IX interconnects global networks, content providers and eyeball networks. Etisalat offers a world class infrastructure and environment to clients seeking to broaden their exposure and growth into new productive and emerging global arena.

SmartHub IX offers public peering platform for its members, accentuating a significant performance through state of art network, coupled with high speed terrestrial and submarine cables. SH IX facilitates bilateral peering arrangements with regional, telecoms, ISP's and renowned content providers for traffic localization.