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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Etisalat has announced its partnership with Smart Dubai Government to enhance the infrastructure of its existing network and proactively monitor and support to help achieve Dubai Government's Smart Dubai vision.

Smart Dubai Government is the technology arm of Smart Dubai, a city-wide initiative to make Dubai the happiest city on Earth.

Wesam Lootah, CEO Smart Dubai Government Establishment and Abdulla Al Ahmed, senior vice president, Government sales, Etisalat, signed a master services agreement at the GITEX Technology Week 2016. Under the agreement, Etisalat will help build the infrastructure to enhance the speed and performance of the existing network.

Wesam Lootah, CEO, Smart Dubai Government said: ""Smart Dubai is committed towards making Dubai the happiest city on Earth. Today's strategic announcement will mainly benefit all Dubai government entities that work towards the goal of achieving this vision and work together to build the future of the city. Technology and a robust infrastructure are an integral part of this transformation, therefore it's essential to collaborate with a leading telco like Etisalat to utilize their expertise in building this smart network. We look forward to working closely with Etisalat and their team of experts to shape the future of the city and the country.""

Abdulla Al Ahmed, senior vice president, Government Sales, Etisalat said: ""Today's partnership with Smart Dubai Government is in line with Etisalat's pledge to support the long-term strategy of the nation, we have built a strong foundation by combining our strengths in robust and resilient communications and infrastructure services with our ecosystem of partners bringing global experience.

""We believe that with Etisalat's expertise, capabilities and strong track record of delivering flagship ICT projects, are well-positioned to support the UAE's 'Smart' vision, which is set to transform the country into an information-based economy. Etisalat has partnered with government entities on key projects bringing together our people, technologies and expertise in telecommunications and digital services and solutions for an on-time execution of complex projects.""