Posted on February 23, 2016

Ooredoo and Huawei today announced signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a next-generation Innovations Lab in Qatar, at a special ceremony at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The agreement was signed by Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, and Eric Xu, Rotating CEO of Huawei, and witnessed by a number of senior Ooredoo and Huawei executives.

The new agreement is the latest in a series of major agreements and initiatives supported by Ooredoo to bring cutting-edge technology to Qatar, and to boost research and innovation within the country. Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar said: “This is an important step forward for Ooredoo, for Qatar, and for our future young technology leaders, creating a research hub within our country that will explore the cutting-edge of network technology. We thank Huawei for their partnership on this project, and look forward to working with them to share knowledge and break new ground in network research.”

Based at Ooredoo’s state-of-the-art Qatar Data Centre 5, the facility will develop, test and demonstrate a range of next generation IT and communication solutions, including Mobile Broadband, 5G, digital transformation, Internet of Things solutions, 4K video enhancements, and more. Eric Xu, Rotating CEO of Huawei, said: “Advances in network technology are delivering faster speeds and a better online experience, but more than that they are helping to transform our digital lifestyles and supporting the growth of the Internet of Things. We are proud that Huawei is making a significant contribution in Qatar through our joint work with Ooredoo.”

The MoU outlines the companies ’joint intent to open an advanced facility that will contribute to Qatar’s knowledge-based economy and help train and develop the next generation of technology leaders. As part of the agreement, Huawei will provide full technical support for Ooredoo’s research in the Innovations Lab, including offering training courses and supporting knowledge transfer between the two companies. Huawei and Ooredoo will collaborate on a joint implementation process for new young talent in Qatar, as well as regularly organising technical and management training to deliver sustainable results.

The joint innovation lab will not only be a platform for proof-of-concept projects, but will also demonstrate innovative solutions to relevant partners, enabling them to assess and ultimately new technologies to enhance their business performance. Among the first of its kind in the region, the facility is set to host some of the most advanced communication solutions and cutting-edge experimental technologies.