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

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

Huawei's latest Mate 10 smartphones are its first to feature artificial intelligence (AI) technology. At the Dubai launch event on October 30, Clement Wong, Huawei's head of global product marketing, said the company is fostering "meaningful innovation" by catering to the realistic needs of smartphone users, providing features such as advanced photography and improved battery life.

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Infoblox, a market leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management showcased its 'industry first' Actionable Network Intelligence Platform at GITEX Technology Week. Actionable Network Intelligence is a unified platform that empowers enterprises to elevate every aspect of network availability, agility, security, and performance.

Read more: Infoblox demonstrates its industry first 'Actionable Network Intelligence Platform' at GITEX

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

Chinese telecom equipment provider and smartphone maker Huawei aims to take on Amazon and Alibaba as a global provider of public cloud services, the company said in April. Edward Zhou, Huawei's VP of Global Public Affairs, reiterated this to Telecom Review recently, saying Huawei can provide more trustworthy cloud services based on its legacy telecom experience.

Read more: Huawei exec touts cloud services as growth area

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