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

Telecom Operators

Touch announced the availability of Vinli offers in all its service centers. The partnership with Vinli will bring in-car Wi-Fi, cloud-based connected car apps, and advanced safety services to vehicles in Lebanon today.

While most smart car solutions are built into premium new models, touch’s offering with Vinli is simple: an adapter that plugs into virtually any vehicle’s OBD-II port to connect any car to touch 4.5G Advanced high-speed internet. Passengers can then enjoy a wide choice of applications and integrations from Vinli such as car diagnostics and maintenance, vehicle locator and theft alert, driver monitoring, family locator, etc. These applications can operate together, depending on the customer’s preferences and needs, giving every driver the custom connected car experience they want. Vinli’s connected-car solution works by connecting the car to the touch 4.5G Advanced network so that the passengers have immediate access to information, anytime, anywhere. The one-time setup fee for this service is $160, with monthly data packages that include 1GB for $9 or 7GB for $24.

Commenting on this project, Mrs. Lara Haddad, Vice Chairman at touchsaid: ""touch’s vision of bringing the world of IoT (Internet of Things) to Lebanon is coming to life every day, and premiering the connected car solution is a testament to that.Vinli is the strategic partner to build a proven value proposition that demonstrates relevance to our market, catering to both end consumers and businesses. ""

By partnering with Vinli, touch brings yet another innovative and successful service to Lebanon. After all, the company aspires to ensure that the Lebanese consumer is getting the best in the world of telecommunications technology, and is transitioned seamlessly into the fascinating world of IoT.