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

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Etisalat Group extended its history of success at the industry's most important annual awards: the Glomos. Etisalat came out on top of strong global competition to claim two awards, including the most prestigious title of overall winner and 'supreme' Connected Life Champion.

This followed earlier success for "Drones 4 Good" in winning in the 'Best Mobile Innovation for Health' category. Following a change in name and format, the Glomos - the new name for the Global Mobile Awards - were presented at a variety of ceremonies across four days during Mobile World Congress 2016 currently being held in Barcelona, Spain.

Etisalat's "Drones 4 Good" combines; telecommunication expertise, mobile financial services, power generation and drone technologies, to provide a solution for polio eradication in remote rural areas. Etisalat developed specialized drones to transport polio vaccine to remote locations. Etisalat's GSM and satellite networks allow for tracking and geo-mapping aligning and supporting medical teams on the ground. Etisalat GSM base stations also recharge cold boxes and drone batteries.

In addition to this highest industry recognition, Etisalat also received two special awards from GSMA for the work successfully executed in Pakistan and UAE with Digital Identity service - Mobile Connect.

Etisalat's award-winning mHealth/wellness, Mobile Cashier and Virtual Mall services are showcased as a part of GSMA Innovation City, where leading global service providers are demonstrating industry-defining, customer-facing propositions.

"Our congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the GSMA's Glomo Awards this week of Mobile World Congress," said Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA. "In what was a remarkably wide field of more than 930 entrants, narrowed to 170 nominees, it is truly an outstanding achievement to have been selected by our esteemed judging panels. We thank all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 21st Glomo Awards."