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.

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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.

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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.

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Thuraya Telecommunications Company launched a dedicated M2M service and terminal that is available across its extensive coverage area and for the first time over North America.

The launch builds on the momentum of existing M2M solutions offered from Thuraya's network of device and application development partners and is part of the company's overall M2M strategy. Thuraya's strategy is founded on the fact that more than one solution is needed to address the requirements of all M2M applications in the future. Based on the growth of M2M and the coming explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT), Thuraya is developing solutions to address low data rate (LDR), medium data rate (MDR) and high data rate (HDR) requirements for a range of market segments. The launch of this new service addresses the market requirements for the MDR tier of applications.

Working in partnership with ViaSat, Thuraya is expanding the reach of its coverage area to include North America for the first time. The robust IP-based, secure two-way communications M2M network already enables real-time M2M and IoT application deployment beyond the confines of traditional cellular networks. The partnership with ViaSat extends that capability into this key new geographical market.

With the span of sectors it serves, Thuraya is well placed to target key growth areas. There is considerable demand in the mining and oil and gas sectors for high security, low latency real time applications. Mining companies also need reliable network connectivity for tracking assets and ensuring workers' safety. High cyber-security and network availability appeal strongly to the government and security sectors, while Thuraya will also offer the network resiliency and low total cost of ownership being sought by utility companies.

The Thuraya FT2555
The new Thuraya FT2225 (MDR) fixed terminal works on the Thuraya network and on ViaSat's mobile satellite services network, leveraging ViaSat's L-band high capacity satellite system.

The FT2225 terminal offers remarkably efficient bandwidth usage, low-latency IP networking, and high levels of security. It is supported by a market-leading 99.9% service level agreement, and reduces total cost of ownership.

Thuraya already offers a range of third party certified M2M solutions within its LDR service including: the SMC mobile asset tracking; the Seven Technologies remote link for fixed M2M applications; the Ibexis telemetry data logger; and the Digital Barriers seismic sensor mesh network. The list of solutions will be expanded further with the introduction of the FT2225 platform.