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Cisco Commits to Qatar

Networking giant Cisco has announced the launch of its direct operations in Qatar as the company looks to consolidate its presence in the GCC.

Networking giant Cisco has announced the launch of its direct operations in Qatar as the company looks to consolidate its presence in the GCC.

As a result of Cisco's regional growth and investment strategy, the company has opened a new office to outline its commitment to its customers and partners in Qatar.

Wayne Hull, Cisco's recently appointed South Gulf country manager will head operations in Qatar. Hull will be engaging closely with key customers to help Cisco's strategic initiatives in the territory.

“Qatar has always been a key market for Cisco and our customers there have deployed some of the most advanced network environments in the region," said Hull.

"We see a massive opportunity for growth and Cisco is investing heavily in terms of resources to provide strategic consultancy, direct support and smart business solutions to public and private establishments operating in Qatar.”

“In November 2006, Cisco signed its largest ever consultancy agreement with Energy City Qatar. Through this strategic partnership, Cisco will identify and design advanced technology solutions to create the infrastructure required to support the US$2.6 billion regional energy hub in Qatar.

"The two leading organisations share the vision of working devotedly to help better people's lives and experiences,” added Hull.

“The launch of the Cisco Qatar office comes in line with Cisco's expansion strategy across the Gulf," said Samer Alkharrat, general manager, Cisco Gulf.

"The Gulf region ranks as one of the fastest growing region for Cisco worldwide and we are still in rapid growth mode and as a result, Cisco continues its strategic investments in the right resources.”

The new operation has also outlined Cisco’s commitment to develop the networking skills of Qatari youths. The networking giant has recently established two Networking Academies in Doha to bridge the growing information and communications technology (ICT) skills shortages by providing a curriculum tailored to the industry’s needs.

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