AwalNet selected for datacentre feasibility study

Saudi Arabian internet services powerhouse AwalNet has signed a memorandum of understanding with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. Under the terms of the agreement Awalnet will conduct a technical and economic feasibility study for the development of a world-class datacentre in Riyadh.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  December 19, 2006

Saudi Arabian internet services powerhouse Awalnet has signed a memorandum of understanding with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Under the terms of the agreement Awalnet will conduct a technical and economic feasibility study for the development of a world-class datacentre in Riyadh. His Highness Dr. Turki bin Saudi, vice president of KACST, explained that the development was seeking improved collaboration with the private sector to develop modern technology applications, and also wanted to provide the ideal environment for research into the application and use of ICT in the Kingdom. It is hoped that the new datacentre will offer a premium technical environment and also serve as a valuable online environment for e-business developers and application service providers. Dr. Turki highlighted the fact that Riyadh has a substantial amount of information and new applications that could be made available through the datacentre. His Highness Mohammed bin Khalid Al Abdullah Al Faisal also extended his thanks to KACST for the tremendous support it had given to the development of the ICT sector in the Kingdom. “AwalNet, the leading internet service provider in Saudi Arabia, hopes this mutual cooperation will hugely contribute to expanding the range of information and communication services in the Kingdom, as well as enhancing the quality of such services, which are becoming even more crucial with the upcoming launch of e-government programmes and the remarkable growth of e-commerce in Saudi Arabia,” added His Highness Mohammed bin Khalid Al Abdullah Al Faisal. Samir Al Schamma, GCC general manager at Intel, added: “Intel completely supports this massive project by offering all necessary experiences in the arena of datacentres. The company is keen to be part of the great efforts aiming to make Riyadh the first digital city in the Arab world.”

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