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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For many years and at each conference or occasion, operators all talk about the threat from OTTs. Operators continue to invest in the network to better serve customers, yet OTTs do not share any costs while benefiting from the revenues.

This is a fact, but unfortunately, those from the industry association and organizations haven’t done anything to face this threat. Even the organizations which ally the largest operators of the world, such as the GSMA or government bodies like the ITU, have done nothing. Most regulators and more so the largest vendors and manufacturers remain silent.

Vendors are not far from this threat. The merge of many vendors and the catastrophic results are the best examples that OTTs have hit the whole cycle of telecoms.

Where is Motorola or Siemens? Where is Lucent?

Ninety percent of the devices business is shared between three major players, while the brands we love and have served the community, and that have created prime technology are disappearing, such as BlackBerry and Nokia. 

OTTs have taken advantage of these years to build cash, make acquisitions and tighten the grip on industry pillars. They are now making their network IP-based and have become more agile to compete.

Where are we now? Many operators have claimed a decline in their profit, some sharp declines and even some losses. The Q3 result was shocking, as ICT analysts have reviewed each quarter results for years. From Europe to Africa or the Middle East to everywhere... Is this a trend that will damage billions of operators’ investments and create huge jobs cuts that cannot be covered by OTTs despite opening so many regional offices? Hiring a few people will not solve the economic impacts of the damages created on social, financial and economic levels by the OTT threats.

How can this be solved?