Ooredoo and Cisco sign MoU to collaborate on new technologies

April 15, 2014 - 1:08:35 pm

DOHA: Ooredoo and Cisco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) collaborate and deliver smart city, cloud and managed services technology solutions for enterprises all over Qatar, the Qatari telecom operator said Tuesday.

"The two companies build upon their existing strong strategic relationship by expanding into areas that will deliver a higher level of support, service and delivery for businesses through this agreement," Ooredoo said.

Ooredoo Qatar Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani and Cisco Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Cisco, President Chris Dedicaot signed the MoU.

Listed (NASDAQ: CSCO) multinational corporation, with its headquarters in San Jose, California, Cisco designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment.

As part of this MoU, Ooredoo will have the opportunity to enrol for Cisco Resale Channel Programme Certification, the framework that broadens a partner's "wide skills" across multiple technologies, and "deep skills" within a specific technology area, and Cisco Cloud Program Certification within the next year.

The 'Smart City' concept is central to the long-term development vision of the Qatar National Vision 2030, where information technology (IT) is at the heart of new projects to enable a smart economy, smart mobility, a smart environment, and smart governance.

Speaking on the collaboration MoU, Sheikh Saud said, "This strategic framework brings us closer to the world leader in IT, and guarantees our customers that they will benefit from the highest levels of service, and access to the latest innovations.

"Businesses in Qatar are rapidly modernising, and looking to deploy the latest and the best solutions."

"We believe this new framework will deliver a step-change in the range of services and solutions available."

Cisco Middle East Vice-President Mike Weston said, "We are entering the era of the Internet of Everything in which all people, processes, data and things will be connected.

"The Internet is already benefiting individuals and businesses in Qatar by allowing for economic growth through electronic commerce, and accelerating business innovation by enabling greater collaboration.

"Our strategic relationship with Ooredoo will help to further accelerate development and change as we continue to witness the growth of mobile internet-connectivity throughout the region." (QNA)