Al Futtaim focuses on IP evolution
Al Futtaim Technologies, a systems integrator based in the UAE, is promoting its breadth of experience in the ICT sector at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.
Al Futtaim Technologies, a systems integrator based in the UAE, is promoting its breadth of experience in the ICT sector at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK. It is also using the event as a chance to reflect on how it has evolved sinced it attended its first GITEX 12 years ago.
“We are very proud that it is our 12th year at GITEX and the reasons we participate have also been evolving,” says Venkata Raghavan, General Manager, Al Futtaim Technologies.
“We used to be more focused on delivering voice solutions to our customers, and then we evolved into a fully fledged ICT company delivering telephony, data networking and infrastructure solutions. In the last couple of years we have evolved to become a more full converged solutions player,” he says.
Indeed, with ever more services now relying on the IP backbone, Al Futtaim Technologies is now also expanding its reach into a wider arena of converged services. “It is no longer merely an infrastructure set of things,” Raghavan says.
“Lots of systems now rely on the IP backbone, IPTV and communications, but also CCTV systems and things like public address systems.
“What we have done is to become a specialist convergent solutions vendor that puts together the disparate elements and also adds value on top.”
He adds that Al Futtaim Technologies is continuing to look at how it can develop its convergent offering further. “In the last few months it has been more intense in terms of how we can bring value in the convergent space,” he adds.
“In terms of expansion, we have been growing aggressively and we have been successful in the UAE, especially since last year we have had a specific focus on Abu Dhabi and that has yielded good results for us,” Raghavan says.
“We would like to expand regionally. We started our operations in Qatar last year. It is a fledgling operation at this point in time and we would like to expand across the GCC - that is our plan.”