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.

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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.

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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.

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Bango, the leading mobile payments company, announces that it has enabled mobile operator Viva Kuwait to upgrade its Google Play carrier billing from a direct integration to the Bango Platform. Kuwaiti customers will enjoy the enhanced performance delivered through the Bango Platform, while developers selling through the Google Play store in Kuwait will see increased sales from Viva customers through the Bango Boost program.

Viva Kuwait is the latest in a series of upgrades from direct connections to the Bango Platform. Operators want to grow the value of their app store business by attracting new users, boosting support for top spending customers and opening-up their customer base to developer marketing. The Bango Platform provides data for operators and developers to segment and develop the app store customer base, which drives-up activity and revenue levels.

More mobile operators are choosing the Bango Platform to run their Google Play carrier billing business, to benefit from the advances in payment technology that Bango uniquely brings. The first generation of app store carrier billing activations was dominated by direct connections. But a bilateral connection between operator and store creates a payment route "silo", so it does not benefit from the continuous improvements to payment performance that are generated through an industry-wide, multi-party platform.

"As technology matures, it trends towards standardization," commented Anil Malhotra, Chief Marketing Officer at Bango. "A standard platform for alternative payments means that merchants can scale-up faster using known, reliable technology at low costs of deployment. This is what the Bango Platform provides, giving operators a way to achieve higher revenues from app stores than they can secure through direct integrations."