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

Satellite and Broadcasting

NOORSAT, the largest private satellite service provider in the Arab World, is taking part in CABSAT 2017, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 21-23 March. As the pivotal professional broadcast, satellite and digital media event in the Arab World, CABSAT is exciting and interactive. It gives visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to understand trends in audience demand, to find solutions to accelerate business growth, to discover the latest innovations in this creative industry and to meet industry peers.

NOORSAT has amassed over a decade of business achievements and has grown to become a premier satellite service provider serving large, medium, government and private enterprises across the Arab World. The Company has achieved an impressive rate of growth since its establishment as a small operation in Bahrain and has grown alongside the demand for satellite services across the region.

Today, NOORSAT carries over 350 TV and radio channels from the 7/8°West and 25.5°-26.0° East orbital positions; the only two hotspots that serve the Arab World, through Badr Al Nile® (NOORSAT 7 and NOORSAT 7B satellites) and Badr Al Arab® (NOORSAT 1 satellite). NOORSAT also offers capacities for data and telecom services, enabling service providers to offer broadband access, data applications, VoIP, GSM backhauling, IPTV streaming and VSAT services for private and governmental networks. This is all reinforced by an elite customer service team with extensive experience, providing expert advice, guidance and technical support.

At CABSAT this year, the NOORSAT team will be continuing with its aim to convert interested channels to HD format. Though 80 percent of viewers are already equipped to receive HD, the region is lagging behind the rest of the world. Of the 1,500 channels broadcasting in the region, less than 3 percent are doing so in HD with many broadcasters deterred by the cost of investing in more capacity. NOORSAT can enable a seamless and cost-effective transition to HD without the need to invest large amounts of extra capacity.