Qtel and KT Corp sign strategic alliance
Both companies are to jointly develop solutions for smart cities in Qatar
Qtel, Qatar's incumbent telecom operator, has signed an agreement with Korean telco, KT Corporation, to jointly develop products targeting companies involved in the development of smart cities, including developers, infrastructure companies, and government agencies.
Khalid Abdulla Al Mansouri, executive director of business solutions at Qtel, said that the alliance will drive the development of the knowledge-based economy in Qatar.
Under the agreement, the two companies will also create an integrated management solution that will enable developers to manage development operations and offer value-added services for businesses and residents in the new developments.
Dr Kim Hansuk, senior executive vice president and head of global business unit, KT Corporation, said that smart city developments are transforming urban environments around the world, helping to reduce energy use and transforming the range of services provided.
One of the services being developed is a Smart City "command centre," which is a central platform that enables developers to monitor and manage all services across the state of Qatar through a unified control point.
The two companies are also exploring the potential of digital signage services, security and intelligent building, remote healthcare and remote learning services.
Qatar already has more than 10 master projects under the smart cities development.