Batelco unveils business solutions unit and wins Sintegro-BFH deal

Batelco has formally announced the launch of its information and communication technology (ICT) services unit, which will offer a range of professional services from technical consultancy through to implementation services.

  • E-Mail
By  Peter Branton Published  April 3, 2005

Batelco has formally announced the launch of its information and communication technology (ICT) services unit, which will offer a range of professional services from technical consultancy through to implementation services. The Bahraini telecommunications operator has also announced a 2.5G network service, with the launch of an enhanced data rates for global evolution (EDGE) service for mobile customers. As reported in IT Weekly in February, Batelco is launching its services unit as part of its plans to sell advanced voice and data services to customers both in and outside Bahrain. Batelco Business Solutions, as the ICT services unit is now called, will deliver a range of services and products through the network, infrastructure and desktop applications layer, the Bahraini telecommunications operator said. “We are the first operator in the Gulf to make a serious move in the direction of such a comprehensive range of services,” commented Ian Dench, general manager for sales & marketing at Batelco. “The creation of Batelco Business Solutions is a direct response to our customers, many of whom have been asking us to work with them through the whole of the ICT service chain,” he added. Batelco said it has already secured a high-profile customer with the signing of a joint framework agreement with Sintegro-BFH to provide consultancy and implementation for the ICT infrastructure at the Bahrain Financial Harbour development, which is currently being built. “The signing of this agreement is a massive boost to the newly formed Batelco Business Solutions unit,” said Dench. “We are delighted to be able to work on the high-profile Sintegro-BFH project,” he added. EDGE is an access technology that provides mobile customers with faster access for internet connections and MMS transmission, while providing better quality of service and a wider range of functions. Business users in Bahrain will be able to access services such as e-mail, video streaming and other services, Batelco said. “Both BBS and Batelco’s EDGE technology have been introduced in direct response to our customers’ needs and wishes,” Dench added. Batelco will use the infrastructure of its part-owner, Cable & Wireless, to sell global connectivity solutions with services on top. “The Middle East is one of the fastest growing ICT markets in the world and that’s why Batelco is moving towards these professional services,” said Adel Daylami, Batelco’s senior manager for voice and data. While Batelco is claiming to be the first telco to offer such services in the region, its unlikely to be the last. A number of other Middle East telcommunications operators are believed to be looking at similar ventures this year.

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code