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EBTIC unveils next-generation developments

Etisalat BT Innovation Centre showcases networks and intelligent systems

Etisalat hopes to integrate the NGN applications into its own technological developments.
Etisalat hopes to integrate the NGN applications into its own technological developments.

The Etisalat BT (British Telecom) Innovation Centre (EBTIC) in Abu Dhabi, yesterday unveiled its latest developments in next-generation networks and intelligent systems.

EBTIC's research and innovation projects being developed at its Abu Dhabi research facility, which is jointly funded by Etisalat, BT and Khalifa University, were demonstrated to EBTIC board members, including some applications that have international patents pending.

"The demonstrations illustrate the dedicated work of EBTIC's researchers and innovators in Next Generation Networks (NGN) and NGN-enabled ICT services, which support the UAE's development and enablement of the digital networked economy," said EBTIC.

The demonstrations covered ICT-enabled application advancements in education, healthcare, energy efficiency, cloud computing, enterprise applications and networking technologies.

"Etisalat's investment in EBTIC shows its commitment to innovation and to the nurturing of UAE talent to support Abu Dhabi's stated goal of being a major telecommunications centre and world-leading provider of wireless and data services, as outlined in its Economic Vision 2030 plan," EBTIC added.

Nasser Salim, senior vice president, Technology Strategy, Etisalat Group, and board member of EBTIC, said that Etisalat's contribution to EBTIC continues its commitment to technology innovation.

"Etisalat is the country's leading telecom provider mainly due to our investment in innovative technologies such as the fibre-optic cabling across the country that will significantly improve our online capabilities," he said.

"Our long-term investment in EBTIC, in conjunction with respected partners BT and KUSTAR, is designed to not only develop world-leading technologies, but to encourage innovation through research in the UAE and provide talented Emiratis with a platform to showcase their skills and entrepreneurship.

"I was very proud today to see demonstrations of these applications developed through extensive research, and I am confident that our commitment will provide long-term benefits to achieving the vision of our leaders in establishing the UAE as a global telecommunications hub."

With many of the EBTIC innovators currently working with Etisalat, the corporation hopes to integrate these NGN applications into its own technological developments in the coming years.