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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Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly and it has been a hot topic at worldwide ICT discussions, including the focus of the impressive ITU event in Geneva early June. It is expected that AI's importance will rapidly accelerate science and technology; this will drive large-scale businesses and industries, and also enable the creation of entirely new sectors in ICT. In turn, this will make AI smarter, faster, more reliable and secure.

Artificial intelligence, along with other key science and technology developments, will help transform the interest of the global economy to the ICT sector. However, this comes with concerns from analysts.

Artificial intelligence will impact many fields, not only ICT, but also others such as autonomous vehicles, connected cars, smart sensors, smart detectors, self-replicating machines, personal health management systems and equipment, etc.

There are concerns about the impact of AI from a social, economic and human resources perspective. This is because if every firm replaces a large part of its human workforce with smart software and robots, unemployment levels will rise. Estimates vary from 28 to 70 percent or more in the next few years.

How can we replace these lost jobs? Who will create more jobs? What is the influence on other sectors? If people are unable to earn an income, there is less consumer spending and the entire earn vs. spend ecosystem will be damaged and a social crisis could arise.

Say, artificial intelligence does not get deployed soon. Inevitably, it is imminent and those concerned must remain prepared to face the changes its impact will have in all fields and at every level.