AT&T connects F1 team
US operator to connect Williams Technology Centre in Doha with the F1 team's UK-based HQ
Williams F1, the parent-company of the AT&T Williams F1 team, has selected US operator AT&T as the network provider for its new Williams Technology Centre (WTC) at Qatar Science & Technology Park in Doha.
AT&T will work with one of Qatar's telecom operators to provide a high bandwidth connection between the technology centre in Doha and Williams F1's headquarters in Oxfordshire, UK.
This will allow Williams Technology Centre to become a "virtual extension" of the team's core operation in the UK, allowing for collaboration between the two locations and a consistent IT environment across both sites, according to AT&T.
This will support real time communication within the AT&T Williams F1 team and with suppliers and vendors. AT&T will also be able to use the connection to offer services such as network based security, collaboration and web based conferencing.
Alex Burns, CEO of Williams F1, described the Williams Technology Centre as an "important business diversification" for Williams F1.
"The centre will be technology focused with the aim of driving development and innovation of our flywheel and simulator technologies that have their origins in Formula One; its success will partly depend on seamless and reliable collaboration between our in-house experts in Qatar and at our HQ in the UK," he said.
AT&T has made significant investments in the Middle East in the past few years. In 2006 the company gained access to its first Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology node in Qatar. Since then, the company has gained access to nodes in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.