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Energy City Qatar signs ATandT and Qtel

AT&T and Qtel to provide voice and data services to Qatar's energy development

Energy City Qatar (ECQ) announced today that it has signed AT&T and Qatari telecom Qtel to provide voice and data services to the project. The parties signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop and manage services for the city, the Gulf's first business hub for the energy sector.

Under the terms of the MOU, AT&T and Qtel will work with ECQ to build both a carrier class internet data centre (IDC) and a network operations centre (NOC) to serve the city. The data centres will be managed by service provider NavLink, which in turn will work with AT&T and Qtel to deliver hosting and managed services to the ECQ tenants.

Both AT&T and Qtel have minority holdings in NavLink

Hesham Al Emadi, CEO of Energy City Qatar commented: "Joining Qtel and AT&T's advanced telecoms technologies and expertise will play a major role in connecting companies to global markets and expertise within the hydrocarbon industry, thus securing Energy City Qatar's status as the first global hub for companies in this sector."

John Gibson president of Business Development, Middle East and Africa, AT&T Global Business Services said: "AT&T is pleased to be able to play such an important role in this prestigious, landmark project. Today's announcement is an important opportunity for AT&T to help connect businesses around the world, using the best networking solutions at its disposal to benefit this major business centre in the Middle East, one of the world's fastest growing economies."

ECQ is part of a massive development in the new city of Lusail, north of Doha. Currently under development, the city is expected to be ready for use by 2010.

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