VeriSign eyes potential in Middle East internet usage

VeriSign, an intelligent infrastructure service provider, has announced the opening of its first office in the Middle East and the appointment of Neil Batstone as territory manager.

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By  Sherief Younis Published  January 16, 2007

VeriSign, an intelligent infrastructure service provider, has announced the opening of its first office in the Middle East and the appointment of Neil Batstone as territory manager. Responsible for running one of the largest telecommunications signalling networks in the world, Verisign provide managed security services, security consulting and strong authentication solutions securing 3000 enterprises and over 500,000 Web sites worldwide. Encouraged by a five fold percentage increase in internet usage in the region since 2000 – according to Miniwatts Marketing Group - VeriSign has established a local presence to enable and protect interactions across voice and data networks in the Middle East. Existing customers in the region will also benefit from an improved service having been previously serviced from VeriSign’s EMEA headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. VeriSign expects staffing levels to ramp up quickly as the new Dubai operation grows to meet increasing regional customer demand, with the company building a team of local sales and technical support staff to cater for future growth. Batstone explained: “With regional mobile and internet usage set to grow exponentially, the Middle East is one of the most exciting regions in which to be doing business. Companies will be looking to deliver innovative communications services and secure their intelligent infrastructures. We are excited to provide VeriSign’s world-class services to the region.” VeriSign expects staffing levels to ramp up quickly as the new Dubai operation grows to meet increasing regional customer demand. VeriSign is rapidly expanding its Middle East customer base as demand has increased for its services. The company already has many strong regional relationships, particularly in the banking and telecommunications sectors, including mobile telephone operator MTC. Simon Church, VP of VeriSign EMEA, said: “In the Middle East, consumers are increasingly demanding new services and applications that connect them to the information and content they want at any time, from anywhere and on any device. "In addition, companies throughout the region are relying on the Internet more and more to conduct and grow their businesses. VeriSign is looking forward to providing our intelligent infrastructure services to help Middle Eastern companies achieve these business priorities.”

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