Posted on March 14, 2014
Ooredoo and Cisco have signed a strategic participant agreement to showcase next generation technology solutions at the upcoming 2014 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference in Qatar.
The event, which will take place in Doha in December 2014, brings together influential global leaders from the ICT industry aims to drive industry success and address critical socio-economic challenges. The strategic agreement was signed by Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, and Mr. Chris Dedicaot, President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR).   
Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “We are delighted to welcome Cisco as key participant for the 2014 ITU Conference in Doha. Agreements like this highlight the importance of the event, not just for Qatar, but for the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) industry as a whole. The world’s leaders in communications are set to come to Doha in December 2014, to outline new innovations that will transform people’s lives.”

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Mike Weston, Vice President, Cisco Middle East and Africa said: “The selection of Qatar as host nation for this year’s ITU Conference is opportune given the increasingly dynamic role it is playing in the Middle East technology arena. 2014 and beyond will bring hugely influential and constructive technology growth throughout the MENA region enabling unprecedented opportunities that will benefit both business and society as a whole and we are proud to work with Ooredoo to bring the latest innovations both to Qatar and the wider MENA region.”  
As part of its 2030 vision, Qatar is pushing ahead with its national strategy to build a knowledge-based economy and drive global competitiveness.
Ooredoo showcased a host of “Smart City” and “Smart Lifestyle” innovations during the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, and aims to engage a number of leading partners like Cisco in Qatar to support its efforts to make Qatar one of the world’s best-connected nations.
Many of these partners will discuss their plans at the ITU Conference later in the year. The event is destined to be one of the largest and most substantial communication events to be held in the MENA region this decade, with an estimated 90,000 visitors expected to attend. It will begin on 7 December 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Center.