Singapore strengthens ICT relationships with Qatar

The MoU will promote ICT exchange between the two organisations, enabling Singapore and Qatar to benefit from the shared knowledge and experience and allowing both countries to further enhance and develop ICT opportunities.

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By  Christopher Reynolds Published  November 28, 2006

Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), a statuary board of the Singapore government, and ictQatar, Qatar’s telecommunications regulatory authority have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will see the two bodies collaborate on information and communications technology (ICT) opportunities in the region. IDA has stated its commitment to work in cooperation with ictQatar in order to identify areas in which the Singapore organisation can both outline projects and facilitate their execution. The IDA will also foster partnerships between Singapore and Qatar infocomm companies in order to implement developments in both the public and private sectors. The MoU will also promote ICT exchange between the two organisations, enabling Singapore and Qatar to benefit from the shared knowledge and experience and allowing both countries to further enhance and develop ICT opportunities. “Our achievements today are testament to our shared goals and belief in the importance of ICT as a key enabler that will help to transform the public, private and people sectors,” said Tham Ai Chyn, assistant chief executive of IDA. This agreement follows ictQatar’s previous announcement concerning the deregulation of Qatar’s telecommunications market earlier in the month. The regulator is set to devise and publish licensing procedures that will open the market up to competition at the beginning of next year, thus ending current incumbent Qtel’s monopoly on the market.

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