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.

Read more: Huawei: The intelligent cloud for digitalization of the Middle East

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.

Read more: Nokia emphasizes 5G is now primarily the technology for industry and Internet of Things

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.

Read more: BridgeWave set to accelerate growth in the Middle East with introduction of new products at GITEX

Notes from the Chief Editor
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All things related to ICT and at every conference, regardless its focus, the topic of smart city comes up every time! Check out MWC right now, and you can see that vendors large and small are focusing on smart cities. This has been happening for years.

But, if we look around us, not much has been done to make the city smart and not much has been done to improve citizens' lives. If we define first, what a smart city is, it will be a good strategy and start. Unfortunately, all of the smart city councils and organizations are simply promoting ideas, talking more than working, though innovative high tech is geared toward smart cities. Still, the IoT is made for smart cities, and 5G will serve smart city connectivity.

Why is there a mix of connected cities with smart cities? What about waste management? What constitutes perfect security? Where is the green space and walking areas? Are government services available at affordable prices? Where is mHealth and education? A long list!

It looks like a race of talks amongst governments at lightning speed, but the execution is a slow pedestrian!