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'

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InspireU, STC incubator, announced a partnership agreement with Careem, the biggest car booking provider in KSA. According to the agreement, Careem will provide free rides for the 40 entrepreneurs and members of arbitration committee dealing with "Inspire U".

The agreement is an initiative to support entrepreneurs and innovations as well as telecom and IT projects, as the region is witnessing accelerating growth in investments and innovations.

InspireU, which is fully supported by STC, provide to its joiners opportunities to benefit from consultations and trainings, in addition to providing office spaces and financing, in addition to opening new horizons for the participants among many other supportive initiatives. Careem was launched in 2012, and during the past years it grew over 30% monthly, the team include 70K Saudi Captains providing the service in more than 50 cities around the Kingdom.