IBM points to tangled Middle East mobility market

IBM's Software Group head in the Middle East believes that liberalisation, privatisation and clear regulation of closed telecom markets is vital if mobility needs to take off in the region.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  December 11, 2003

IBM Software Group head in the Middle East believes that liberalisation, privatisation, regulation of closed telecom markets is vital if mobility needs to take off in the region.

"We face some very real challenges if we are to enjoy the increases in productivity and capabilities that these technologies bring to companies in this region," says Bashar Kilani, head of IBM's software group in the Middle East.

According to IBM, Middle East could miss the bus, if regional markets do not open up to new technologies. Speaking at the Dubai PDA Summit, he said that a global market of some 10 billion connected devices would be created by 2005 from convergence of the PC, data centers, networking and telephony.

"Lack of clear regulation and legislation, complex technology issues can hold back growth in the adoption of wireless solutions by companies in the Middle East," warns Kilani. He believes the simplifying complex networks by using integration software and creating a defined mobile strategy would be the curative pill for mobility and wireless networks to take off in the region.

IBM points out that almost 90% of European companies are implementing
wireless currently or in the future, and some 50% providing PDA devices to employees today, with the movement towards mobile businesses building momentum as a major market force.

"We are seeing that trend now being reflected in our own markets, particularly where there is clear regulation and where companies are able to benefit from a clear and competitive wireless networking environment. There's no doubt that mobility is a clear business advantage that companies in our region can be using today," adds Kilani.

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