Riverbed, an American IT company that develops products to improve application performance across wide area networks (WANs), recently commissioned a study surveying 1,000 IT decision makers globally to explore the impact legacy and next-generation networks have on cloud adoption and digital transformation. Telecom Review discussed the findings with Charbel Khniesser, Riverbed's Regional Presales Director for Middle East, Turkey and North Africa.

Read more: Riverbed: SD-WAN essential for building next-generation networks

UAE telecom provider “du” (EITC) has over ten years’ experience dealing with multiple partners from various industries. Bundling everything together that those partners bring to the table means du can give its customers the best value for money and significantly improve processes, said du’s chief commercial officer, Fahad Al Hassawi, speaking to Telecom Review.

Read more: Partnerships benefit customers, says du CCO

Saudi Arabia is going through rapid transformation, according to Deemah AlYahya, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s National Digitization Unit (NDU), a government arm mandated to accelerate efforts to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 objectives, an initiative to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from oil dependence. This transformation, Ms. AlYahya said, will require collaboration, open data sharing and injecting innovation into citizens.

Read more: Saudi NDU CEO: 'We want to inject innovation into citizens'

Telecom Operators

Qatar's Ooredoo Group posted its Q2 financial results for 2017 showing a 12 percent fall in net profit to 513 million riyals (US$137) million from 583 million riyals the previous year. The results fell below SICO Bahrain and EFG Hermes forecasts of 642.81 million riyals and 529.3 million riyals, respectively.

Ooredoo's domestic market of Qatar remains its strongpoint, similar to Etisalat's strength in the UAE. The operator's overseas operations throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia didn't perform as well due to foreign exchange losses and low earnings from Iraq (Asiacell).

Ooredoo'S Q2 revenue increased to 8.22 billion riyals from 8.03 billion, taking fist-half sales to 16.26 billion riyals, up 2 percent from 2016. The company's net profit fell 25 percent to 1.1 billion riyals. However, domestic results improved for Ooredoo in Qatar, where its half-year earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased 4 percent to 2 billion riyals.

Parts of Iraq have been under control of militant group Islamic State, resulting in Ooredoo's subsidiary reporting EBITDA of 972 million riyals in the six months to June 30, down 3 percent from 2016, contributing to overall losses.

Ooredoo Kuwait - of which a majority is owned by Ooredoo Group, with operations in Algeria, Tunisia, the Maldives and the Palestinian Territories - has already reported a 14.29 percent increase in Q2 profit, according to Reuters.