Telecom Review, the Middle East’s leading ICT media platform, held a webinar titled ’Revolutionizing Connectivity Through Innovation’ on September 13, powered by SES, the world’s leading connectivity provider.

Read more: Firing up a discussion on how ongoing innovation revolutionizes connectivity

The world is getting connected at a nerve-wracking pace. According to data by Stock Apps, 67% of the world’s population, roughly 5.3 billion, owned a mobile phone in July this year. A year-on-year comparison means that 117 million new users have been added to the fold. Modern networks have little choice but to bear the workload to thrive in a competitive, digital-transformation-driven global market. On top of that, the capacity to support new advancements in big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and the hybrid cloud along with the demands of traditional workloads has posed a massive challenge to the existing IT infrastructure model. Data centers invariably face downtimes due to not-so-well functioning components, preventing quick-turnaround demands of business and the cloud.

Read more: The emergence of hyper-converged infrastructure

Ivanti, the automation platform that discovers, manages, secures, and services IT assets from cloud to edge, announced that it has been positioned as a leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for IT service management for the second consecutive year. The evaluation was based on specific criteria that analyzed the company’s overall completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Read more: Ivanti named leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™

Acronis, the global leader in cyber protection, released the newly-rebranded Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office (formerly Acronis True Image). This new name for the company’s flagship personal solution reflects its evolution from data and system backup software to a solution that delivers complete cyber protection — next-generation anti-malware, best-in-breed backup, and easy management, all-in-one integrated tool.

Read more: Acronis rebrands its flagship personal cyber protection solution

The Saudi Arabia data center market will gain around $1 billion worth of investments by 2026, growing at a CAGR of over 7.85% from 2020−2026. Among the key drivers and trends fueling this market’s growth include the surge in big data and IoT, increased adoption of renewable energy resources, and migration from on-premises infrastructure to colocation & managed services.

Read more: Saudi Arabia’s data center market to be worth billion in five years

Nokia’s senior vice president mobile networks MEA, Nokia Networks, Bernard Najm, is heading on a new journey after more than 25 years at the company. Najm is set to join Amazon Web Services as the vice president telco for MEA to pursue the road of success.

Read more: Bernard Najm embarks on a new professional journey

The 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) market is expected to be worth $75.2 billion by 2026, as per a latest market report. For the next five years, the CAGR stands at 43%. In line with this, fixed wireless access (FWA) is expected to be a major contributor to the 5G mmWave infrastructure market.

Read more: 5G mmWave industry to reach $75.2 billion by 2026

ICT industry entities such as GSMA and ITU have been relentlessly advocating for ‘greener networks’ in the hopes of achieving a significant reduction of the environmental impacts of the ICT sector. ICTs contribute to around 2 to 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; however, ICTs are also well positioned to assist other sectors of the economy in reducing carbon emissions. With a host of initiatives, they aim to limit global warming within a 1.5°Celcius target set by the ITU Recommendation ITU-T L.1470 compatible with the UNFCCC Paris Agreement.

Read more: What are green networks anyway?

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