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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Telecommunications has changed the world, our everyday lives and the basic way we communicate. Technology is converging and it impacts every category, every field and every aspect. There is no doubt that connectivity means a higher GDP.

The most advanced countries are focusing on the ICT sector and its relation to their economy, utilizing all capabilities for it. This is why the Canadian government is targeting the digital economy; Tunisia the knowledge economy; and Singapore is now transforming the whole country into a smart nation.

Lebanon has enough talent in this sector with a very high rate of engineers. Many of the most successful diaspora of ICT leaders and professionals all over the world are Lebanese.

After our continuous success in Dubai with global attendees from the ICT sector and government leaders, Telecom Review is proud to hold its next event in Lebanon to show the whole world that Lebanon is an important hub for the ICT; it offers capacity, talented leaders and professionals.