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

Telecom Operators

Sparkle, the international service arm of TIM Group and among top 10 global operators, announces that Zajil, a Kuwaiti based leading Information and Communications Technology Service Provider in the Middle East & North Africa, has opened a new PoP in Sparkle's Sicily Hub in Palermo.

Through the new PoP, Zajil shall be able to provide both its enterprise and wholesale customers with best performing connectivity to North Africa and Europe. At the same time Zajil's banking, finance and media customers will experience improved latency and application performances from their HQs in the Middle East and Europe.

Sparkle's open ecosystem and rich marketplace Sicily Hub, thanks to its unique location in the Mediterranean closer to North Africa and the Middle East than any other European peering point, which makes it the crossway of most international cable systems connecting Asia and the Middle East to Europe, is becoming the best choice in terms of peering point and open marketplace for many service providers operating in the MENA region wanting to expand their reach in Europe.

With its ever growing presence of multi-breed global players, Sicily Hub continues to grow by attracting new content and interconnections configuring itself as a rich marketplace where service providers, content and media players and system integrators have an opportunity to grow their business.