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'

Notes from the Chief Editor

With the advancement of smart living, smart devices and data on the worldwide web, there is always something going on behind the scenes at labs and R&D centers. Without such workshops of technology, smart living and our cyber life would be at risk; it wouldn’t move or even exist.

Besides the daily exchange of data via billions of emails, data usage is increasing because of smart airports, smart medical systems, smart education, smart traffic management, smart household equipment, smart meters, smart censors, etc. This is generating massive amounts of traffic on our networks and it will continue to increase to reach Z bytes of data per minute, with the expectation to connect 15k new devices every minute (currently, it is at 5K per minute).

This data should be managed, protected and secured, and it seems that R& D centers are focusing on artificial intelligence to teach computers and smart devices to understand their environment, and to be smart and protected from malware and hackers.

Just recently at Yahoo, 500 million emails accounts were hacked. This happened to a giant like Yahoo, not just an individual PC, which shows how important the issue is.

Artificial intelligence promotes cybersecurity by using software that predicts, not just prevents or detects.

How can you control hundreds of thousands of security cameras in a city without artificial intelligence? Or smart software? Cameras such as those in the city of London need thousands of staff 24 hours a day to check the content generated. Only artificial intelligence software can detect the malicious incidents on these cameras. This is but one example.

The future of smart cities is also based on secure technology. Security means creating enough smart solutions and features that enable us to detect an unlimited amount of information at top speed that can treat the huge amount of data transactions.