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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The UAE is among the world's top countries in using e-government services to drive economic competitiveness and citizen happiness, experts announced ahead of the World Government Summit.

Already the UAE is making strong progress in its information management, ranking in the Top 30 in the world in e-government effectiveness, and the top in the Middle East and Africa in online service delivery, according to a recent report by the United Nations.

"At the World Government Summit, the UAE will show global best practices in using e-government services to become more efficient and more responsive to citizen demands. The UAE demonstrates how information management can cut costs, drive sustainable development, and enable happy engagement between citizens and government," said Andrew Calthorpe, CEO at the future government consultancy Condo Protego.

Demonstrating the potential for the cost-saving measures of e-government services, Denmark, which has a similar GDP and population to the UAE, used e-invoicing to save about USD 215 million, the European Union said in a recent report.

"Transitioning from paper-based manual processes to a digital core with automated services requires long-term planning, along with scalable and secure infrastructure. Taking an outside-in approach to connected government is key prioritizing simple and intuitive interfaces that any citizen can use," added Andrew Calthorpe.

In the UAE, Condo Protego is seeing strong public sector demand for a wide range of government-focused information management solutions such as Dell-EMC unified storage, hybrid cloud, and security safeguards from RSA.