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Huawei and Zain chart new regional course

Zain Technology Conference used to articulate MENA intelligent networks vision

Huawei and Zain chart new regional course
Yaohong: Today’s ICT tools enable us to connect industries that have traditionally operated in silos.

China-based ICT solutions provider Huawei used this week's Zain Technology Conference 2012 held in Dubai, to urge the expansion of intelligent information networks across the MENA region.

The company expressed its belief that collaboration with companies such as telco Zain would "serve as an enabler of technology innovation, driving social and economic development while creating value for individuals and society as a whole".

During the conference, Huawei senior executives and business consultants led sessions covering new advancements within radio access, transmission & IP backhaul, core network technology, green site energy solutions, business support systems (BSS), cloud solutions, managed services and the introduction of faster LTE -compatible devices to consumers in the Middle East.

"Both Huawei and Zain recognise that today's ICT tools enable us to connect industries that have traditionally operated in silos, realising true cross-industry collaboration in order to expand opportunities for consumers, enterprises and the telecom sector," said Shi Yaohong, president of Huawei Middle East and panel speaker at the conference.

"This particular forum is a unique opportunity for us to share the deep experience and expertise that Huawei has developed through our global operations, supporting best practices alongside our industry peers at the local level."

After a gap of two years following the sale of the Zain Africa and the restructuring of Zain Group, the company has brought together its Network and IT partners in order to align all operating companies and partners around a renewed focus on commercial operations.

Expanding the scope of the 2012 forum, this year's Zain Technology Conference served as both an exhibition and thought-leadership platform with nearly 40 partners from across the ICT sector participating. It is the second such conference to be hosted by Zain in recent years.

 Huawei and Zain have recently collaborated on a wide range of projects spanning Zain's geographical footprint within the Middle East and Africa. Since 2010 Huawei has been a partner in the rollout of mobile broadband for Zain, including the 2011 launch of HSPA+ networks in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon. Huawei has also partnered with Zain in the field of GSM & LTE re-farming in Kuwait & Saudi Arabia, leading to the commercialisation of Zain's 4G LTE network in Saudi Arabia in 2011.  In Kuwait, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, Huawei has also partnered with Zain in providing end-to-end managed services and overhaul of its telecom networks.

Hisham Akbar, deputy CEO and COO of Zain Group, added: "The Zain Technology Conference 2012 Dubai falls in the framework of our new strategy. We are renewing our commitment to our customers to provide them with the latest innovative and top-notch technology services through our partners who are the market leaders in the telecom industry."

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