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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Vodafone UK has chosen Ericsson to evolve its 4G networks in southern England and also provide technology to help it prepare for 5G in the region.

In these trying times for Ericsson any new business is cherished and one that features both a major operator group and the 5G buzzword is a bonus. Ericsson will be even more gratified considering Vodafone recently spoke at length about all the Massive MIMO goodness it was getting from Huawei, since the network evolution also involves that technology as well as carrier aggregation.

"We are working with Vodafone UK to evolve its 4G network and test new 5G technologies," said Arun Bansal, Head of Europe and Latin America at Ericsson, who presumably spends much of his life flying between the two. "Together we will enable ubiquitous connectivity for their users that enable entirely new experiences, as well as monitoring and control of IoT in real time."

At a recent Vodafone briefing there was a talk of massive MIMO using 64 elements. Our understanding is that Ericsson isn't offering quite this degree of massiveness to Vodafone just yet, so perhaps 'Quite Big' MIMO would be a more appropriate description. The 4G tweaks in the densely populated south of England will focus on speed and capacity.

The 5G part of the gig is apparently Ericsson's first contract that includes collaboration on 5G. It's a fairly broad array of pre-5G technology and a commitment to trials, product deployment, professional services and the kind of broad commitment to collaborate on 5G development, testing and use-cases that have characterized this generation of wireless technology.

The latter commitment, which featured the inevitable memorandum of understanding, includes the following:

4G evolution, 5G radio non-standalone and standalone
5G site deployment scenarios
NR simulations: 3.5 GHz and mmWave
5G use-cases: business case study and proof of concept
Distributed cloud and network slicing proof of concept: end-to-end latency and cloud- optimized network applications
Collaboration with King's College London
5G innovation: Technology Incubation Program