Saudi’s ICT demand creates massive GITEX buzz

His Highness Muhammad Jameel bin Ahmed Mulla, Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Saudi Arabia, officially opened GITEX Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening, before embarking on a tour of the halls to see firsthand the products, services and solutions on display.

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By  Stuart Wilson in Riyadh Published  April 16, 2007

His Highness Muhammad Jameel bin Ahmed Mulla, Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Saudi Arabia, officially opened GITEX Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening, before embarking on a tour of the halls to see firsthand the products, services and solutions on display. During the last two days, tens of thousands of visitors have descended on the halls of the Riyadh Exhibition Centre to sample the latest and greatest ICT solutions now available in the Saudi Arabian market. Emanuele Accolla, VP at Acer EMEA, speaking at the show, said: “GITEX is the most important IT show in Saudi Arabia and it is important for Acer to exhibit. We are expecting strong second quarter sales in Saudi Arabia post-GITEX.” With first quarter 2007 KSA shipment figures released soon, Accolla claims that Acer’s first quarter notebook unit sales climbed 50% year-on-year. Acer is not the only A-brand vendor making an impact at this year’s show. CE giants Samsung and Sharp also have sizeable stands, reiterating their commitment to the KSA market. Vendors have also used the last two days to meet up with in-country partners. Ahmad Zeidan, regional channel sales manager at Netgear, which is present at the show through distributor Al Rammah, commented: “This is the right place to meet the right people in the Saudi Arabian market. We are really seeing the impact of oil revenues and public sector spending is strong as the Kingdom embraces the advantages that wireless solutions can offer them.”

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