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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Telecom Operators

Ooredoo and MBC Group have signed a seven-year partnership granting Ooredoo the exclusive rights in Qatar to some of the most popular High Definition (HD) channels, offering customers an incredible range of entertainment. The agreement was signed by Waleed Mohamed Ebrahim Al Sayed, chief executive officer, Ooredoo Qatar, and Sam Barnett, CEO, MBC Group at a ceremony on August 21.

Following the partnership agreement, Ooredoo TV customers in Qatar will be able to enjoy unparalleled coverage of a huge range of award-winning MBC premium content such as ""Bab Al Hara"", ""Omar"", ""Arab Idol"", ""the Voice"", ""Arabs Got Talent"" and others.

Talking about the agreement, Waleed Al Sayed commented: ""This agreement will provide Ooredoo tv with exclusive HD coverage in Qatar of some of the most popular TV programmes across MENA. This is a milestone for our entertainment portfolio, as we continue to strive to provide the content our customers want, with the highest quality picture and widest choice of channels. But this is just the beginning, and more exciting offerings will be revealed soon.""

MBC Group CEO, Sam Barnett added: ""MBC is proud of its leading position in producing the MENA region's best available content and in offering flagship shows enjoyed by millions of viewers and browsers across the Middle-East. Today's partnership brings together MBC's content with Ooredoo's platform in Qatar to provide an even better service for the target audience.""

Ooredoo TV will now hold exclusive rights to all MBC HD channels including MBC1, MBC2, MBC3, MBC4, MBC Drama, MBC MAX, MBC Action, as well as any future HD additions. Ooredoo tv customers will also have exclusive access to MBC+ channels such as, MBC+ Drama and MBC+ Variety.

MBC Group channels are currently in the ""most-watched"" list on Ooredoo services, and with this partnership, Ooredoo will become the sole distributor for MBC HD in the country. This agreement is the latest in a series of announcements for Ooredoo TV, as the company continues to invest in providing world-class entertainment for its diverse customer base.

""Since its launch in February, Ooredoo tv has seen a huge uptake with more than 40,000 subscribers in six months. One of the reasons for this popularity is that Ooredoo tv provides the best viewing quality and most dynamic features, powered by our Supernet. The addition of HD channels and exclusive content from MBC adds another essential element to Ooredoo TV’s entertainment offering,"" added Al Sayed.

The first stage of the Ooredoo-MBC partnership will launch on 1 September 2016, with Ooredoo gaining exclusive access to all MBC HD content in Qatar. Mozaic TV customers, or people using other entertainment services in Qatar will still be able to watch MBC Bollywood, MBC Masr, MBC Masr 2 and Wanasah channels on Standard Definition (SD). Existing Mozaic TV customers who want to upgrade to Ooredoo TV can simply visit any Ooredoo retail shop to register and collect a free Ooredoo TV play device.