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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After a year of challenges at all levels, especially economically where slow global growth affected many companies in our industry, we flip the page of 2016 and look forward to what 2017 will bring.

The year 2016 witnessed the serious talk of autonomous cars, IoT, explosive handsets and the issue around Lithium batteries, 5G regulations, spectrum, and not to forget cybersecurity issues which were on top of all our lists - even the US elections and social media. Cybersecurity now impacts important decisions and even gives the push for a president.

 

Many vendors and mobile manufactures were affected last year, resulting in huge losses, job cuts, restructuring and much more.

 

We hope that 2017 will be better. Opportunities for the telecom and ICT sectors are still promising and will continue to grow. The forecast for 2020 or 2025 is extremely positive led by huge demand for data capacity and an increase in smart devices penetration.

 

Many continents will witness an impressive growth with the deployment of new and smart government services, smart cities deployment, and smart infrastructure like utilities and meters. Extensive penetration of smart devices and behavior changes in users, as well as a digital generation moving at work with a more digital generation to come, means this upcoming generation will reach a new ceiling of data consumption per individual as part or as a result of the digital transformation we have been talking about.

 

Wishing you all a successful and prosperous 2017!