Qtel inks agreement with Huawei

The operator signs collaborative deal with Huawei to create bespoke solutions

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Qtel inks agreement with Huawei Qtel and Huawei partner to create bespoke solutions with a specific focus on e-business. (Getty Images)
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  January 12, 2011

Qatari incumbent, Qtel, has signed a collaborative agreement with Chinese vendor Huawei to develop solutions for key industries in the Middle East and Africa region, with a specific focus on e-business and related solutions.

Under the agreement, both the companies will work on a shared strategic development plan that supports the creation of bespoke solutions for businesses across Qatar and the wider region.

Yi Xiang, president of the Middle East region for Huawei, said: “There are a growing number of companies in the Middle East and Asia region that are forging forward as international leaders in the global market, and they require the most advanced technology to achieve their goals.” He said that the new agreement with Qtel builds upon the success of working with the operator and other telcos in the region.

The agreement will also see Qtel and Huawei collaborate to develop emerging technologies and create potential within key markets, as well as managing costs and ensuring efficiency in the development of new services.

Last year, Qtel signed a purchasing agreement with Huawei to support its development across international markets. As part of the deal, which was said to be for an initial period of a year, Huwaei provides mobile infrastructure to Qtel including base stations, circuit switches and transmission systems, as well as limited services.

The deal benefits Qtel and its subsidiaries by giving volume-based price discounts on Huawei’s network equipment.

Qtel has a presence in 17 countries across the MENA region and South East Asia.

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