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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Etisalat announced that it has further reduced its roaming rates for voice calls, SMS and data. Etisalat's prepaid and post-paid customers will enjoy discounted roaming rates of up to 35 percent on data, outgoing voice calls to UAE, GCC and local destinations and outgoing SMS while traveling to any Gulf Cooperation Council countries - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or Saudi Arabia and roaming through any roaming partner. The new rates are introduced in coordination with the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) to encourage roaming services within the GCC at affordable rates.


Call type

Effective until 31 March 2017

Effective 01 April 2017

Savings

 

Outgoing call to UAE & other GCC

2.35 AED/min

2.277 AED/min

3%

Savings

Outgoing Local call

0.955 AED/min

0.918 AED/min

4%

3%

Outgoing SMS

0.294 AED/SMS

0.257 AED/SMS

13%

4%

Incoming Call

1.285 AED/min

1.028 AED/min

20%

20%

Data

4.774 /MB

3.122 AED/MB

35%

13%

For even bigger savings, Etisalat customers can also choose to subscribe to any of its voice, data and combo roaming packages, offering unlimited roaming data usage in 100 countries for as low as AED 35 per day.

Customers can view and purchase from Etisalat's wide range of roaming offers by simply dialling *177# (for free within UAE or abroad), or using the Etisalat UAE mobile app, where they can also view the standard roaming rates and list of preferred partners.

Etisalat has an extensive network of almost 774 international networks in over 213 countries. To enhance customer's data experience, Etisalat recently expanded its preferred 4G LTE partner networks to over 229 operators in over 90 countries, enabling subscribers to take advantage of the high-speed mobile data offered on 4G networks while browsing the internet outside the UAE.