Orange scores Saudi Smart City telco deal

Orange Business Services and property developer Emaar have confirmed at GITEX Technology Week that they will work to develop the telecoms infrastructure aspects of the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) project in Saudi Arabia.

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By  Administrator Published  October 21, 2008

Orange Business Services and property developer Emaar have confirmed at GITEX Technology Week that they will work to develop the telecoms infrastructure aspects of the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) project in Saudi Arabia.

The project is a smart city implementation and the services provider will be tasked with acting as a consultant on issues relating to telephony, IPTV and wireless connectivity, among others. 

"The engagement of our teams on this consultancy project to oversee the design of telecoms services for the city reflects our focus on the real estate sector in the Middle East," says Lionel Reina, vice president for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Orange Business Services.

The concept behind smart cities means that a single IP network can support demands for entertainment, information, and business communications as well as the essential building services such as security, ventilation and safety systems.

"These smart cities become easy to run because multiple networks can run over one infrastructure that can facilitate automation and remote monitoring of services. From a developer's point of view a smart city means lower costs in terms of maintenance and management, whilst offering the potential to bring in additional non-rental revenues to developers," says Reina.

Emaar CEO Fahd Al-Rasheed says the agreement reflects the company's commitment to developing King Abdullah Economic City "to the highest standards possible".

"This agreement will add more value to the smart city capabilities of KAEC and enhance the lifestyle of residents and tenants."
 

 

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