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

R&D and patents are the core  of the tech industry, and this why many companies such as Qualcomm, Sony, Apple, Ericsson, IBM, Samsung and others have spent millions and billions on their R&D in order to innovate new technology solutions. It has been not only to bring their own businesses to higher levels, but also for the financial revenues which can be generated.

In 2015, Ericsson won a case against Apple for using its technology over a registered patent, bringing hundreds of millions onto their balance sheet. The Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and the new White Light Emitting Diode still generate income for Samsung and represent huge patent revenue on many company balance sheets.

As per The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPT), in the year 2014, there were more than 300,000 utility patents. On top was IBM, Samsung, Canon, Sony, Microsoft, Toshiba, Qualcomm and Google. Most were for inventions, rather than designs, where protecting one’s innovation is a must.

This why more requests to the USPT office were re-issued last year, a record high. Such patents allow companies to put their inventions on lockdown for up to two decades.


Many countries are following the US in order to help protect the innovation of local companies and to push for more R&D spend, particularly in Korea, Canada and Japan.