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'

Telecom Operators

Sparkle, the international service arm of TIM Group and among top 10 global operators, announces the expansion of its MPLS and Carrier Ethernet Backbone with the opening of a new MEF Carrier Ethernet certified Point of Presence (POP) in Moscow, Russia.

Located at a carrier neutral Data Centre, the new PoP will provide a direct route between Moscow and all of Sparkle's regional Data Centers in Greece, Turkey and Italy including Sicily Hub, Sparkle's open ecosystem and marketplace in Palermo, Italy, through a protected network configuration via the Balkans and West Europe.

Through the new Point of Presence in Russia Sparkle will further improve its competitiveness on the Italian corporate market that sees Russia as a main destination. At the same time, as Russian enterprises are significantly present in the Mediterranean Basin, Sparkle's MPLS and Carrier Ethernet solutions can support customers in Moscow that need to connect several international data environments through cost-effective, high performing and low latency connectivity.

The opening of this new PoP in Russia represents another important step in the ever growing capillarity of Sparkle's global backbone already present in the region through its POPs in Sofia, Bucharest, Tbilisi, Athens and Istanbul as well as the more recent PoP in Tirana, Albania.