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

4G deployment is moving along faster than expected, and is partnering well with our new mobile lifestyle. Customers are enjoying this technology, which makes mobile connections simply amazing despite the increase in data consumption which could have possibly slowed it down.

Telecom operators are already working with technology vendors to ensure the best delivery while data traffic increases on their networks: from fiber network backbone to the capacity of data connectivity, etc.


No more stress

The fact is that every summer when I spend time at my mountain house in Lebanon, it is a house nestled between mountains with no real internet data (we celebrate when we were connected to the edge 2.5G). But not this summer.

I tried to connect my laptop to my local mobile hotspot in order to begin work after many lazy days spent enjoying the cold summer breeze and tasty fruits… Over 500MB to download in my Outlook was completed before I could even finish my coffee. Curious to check out the speed of 3G we have in full, and yes, it was 73MBPS. I continued enjoying this speed without stress for the duration of my stay.

3G has been good, and 4G has been commercial in many countries this year; its great performance has given the push for 5G planning and testing, which we will start to experience in two years’ time. By 2018, the ITU will finalize its standardization and frequency allocation.

It seems that preparations are going well and everything will be ready from the technology side. Regulators and operators are very excited to deploy 5G ASAP, as data forecasts have been surpassed and are well-beyond expectations even without real deployment of IOTx and the smart city living experience.