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

When you live in a world full of technology and surrounded by an intelligent environment, your life changes.

Daily, we use smart mobiles and devices, smart apparel, smart cars, chips are in everything, IOT’x and solutions, smart medical chips, smart sensors and connected CCTV or simple wireless cameras surround us.

Our lives are based on technology, which means our societies are advancing at an unprecedented pace. Human desire for progression and convenience has driven the evolution of incredible artificial intelligence, no longer just a figment of science fiction. With the advancement of the internet of things, increasingly more devices are connected to us in this new era of technological expansion.

Some armies now count on technology more than ever before, such as drones, able to be remote controlled to deliver items or conduct deadly attacks. Even personalized robots are becoming a reality. Society today is no longer reliant upon paper and print to record and store information, as cloud storage has become the new norm, able to record transactions and obtain tons of personal and professional data.

Hollywood sci-fi films have become real, and there are futuristic worlds where robots have reached a high level of intelligence (artificial) and they have become an integral (and in some cases dangerous) part of society. For decades, the idea of intelligent robots was considered to be wishful, idealistic thinking. But major technical advancements in 2015 have proven that present artificial intelligence is well on its way to reaching sci-fi status.

Our world is definitely getting smarter and life is already changing hastily with all these technological advancements. Doesn’t it all make us wonder where will we reach next in the coming few years?.