Smart Dubai, an initiative anchored in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city on earth. The organization's visionary leader, Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, spoke to Telecom Review about the importance of embracing digital practices and data sharing.

Read more: Smart Dubai’s vision of a digital and interconnected city

The rise of OTT services has caused loss of revenue for telecom operators. Revenue from voice and text messaging is declining as communications shifts to OTT apps. M800 partners with telecom operators to improve their revenue by recommending through their own OTT white-label communication application. Telecom Review spoke to Steven Yap, CEO.

Read more: M800: Partnering telco players to lead digital transformation

Digital transformation is an essential element of keeping pace with rapid growth across industries. Organizations wanting to embrace digital transformation need a platform that allows them to see where improvements can be made to foster efficiency and innovation. NXN's new DNX platform is an enabler of digital transformation across industries, explains Labib Matta, NXN's chief business officer.

Read more: NXN’s new DNX platform is driving efficiency across industries

In a wide-ranging interview with Telecom Review, Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, discussed the ways in which the industry is evolving to meet the trends of digitization and the need for service providers to "continuously refresh themselves" and embrace "softwarization".

Read more: PCCW Global CEO: Carriers must embrace “Softwarization”

UAE telecommunications provider, du (EITC), plays an important role in the development of Dubai's smart city vision. Vice president of business development and partnerships at du, Jihad Tayara, told Telecom Review the Dubai Pulse Platform by Smart Dubai is the digital backbone and 'beating heart' of the city. Tayara outlined the role du played in the development of the Dubai Pulse Platform, and said du will continue to add new technologies to the platform as the market evolves.

Read more: du’s role as a smart city enabler

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 has claimed that networks must be 'smarter' in order to cope with the acceleration in IoT deployment and machine communications that is being projected over the next number of years. Nokia's head of sales for IP and Optical Networks in the MENA region, Naveed Kashif, declared that in order to meet the challenge posed by the exponential rise in connected devices networks just can't be bigger, they must be smarter. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Nokia's head of sales for ION to discuss the company's recent announcements, the interplay between cloud and networks and some of the new technological solutions it is set to introduce to market.

Read more: Nokia warns that networks of the future must be ‘smarter’ to cope with IoT

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

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