Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 86 | Page 30



Batelco alongside other leading Middle East Operators including Etisalat Group , Saudi Telecom Company ( STC ), Zain Group , Mobily , du from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company ( EITC ), and Omantel , have released a whitepaper titled “ Open RAN for Brownfield Operators , Challenges and Opportunities ”. The seven operators are part of an Open RAN ( Radio Access Network ) Consortium formed in 2021 aimed at increasing momentum for the technology and its solutions in the region .


Dubai International Financial Centre ( DIFC ), a global financial centre in the Middle East , Africa and South Asia ( MEASA ) region , recently announced that the number of FinTech and innovation firms joining DIFC exceeded the total that established operations during the whole of 2021 . Amongst that number are graduating start-ups from this year ’ s DIFC FinTech Hive programme cohort . The FinTech accelerator programme has now attracted more than 3,000 applications from all over the world , which have been whittled down to 200 participants , based on their ideas and ability to generate revenue .


Huawei has launched SD-WAN and Wi-Fi 7 Series products and innovations for the first time in Saudi Arabia at the IP Club KSA forum held in Riyadh recently . Under the theme of “ Intelligent Cloud Network , Unleashing Digital Productivity ,” the Huawei IP Club aims to build an open , free , friendly thought-sharing platform for network technical supervisors , engineers , industry analysts , and key opinion leaders . At IP Club , people will be joined by the best minds in the industry to engage in thought-provoking conversations about future network technology trends , share perspectives on digital transformation , and chart the way forward . SD-WAN is an important market segment in the datacom field with numerous applications .


Vertiv , a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions , has announced that it has supported MEEZA , an established end-to-end managed IT services and solutions provider that aims to transform the lives of Qatari people , to design , build and install its new data centres in Qatar . Vertiv was selected as MEEZA ’ s vendor of choice due to the company ’ s expertise in providing end-to-end data centre solutions that adhere to the highest industry guidelines .
For the last 14 years , MEEZA , the largest data centre service provider in Qatar , has been providing a wide range of managed IT services and solutions .


Nutanix , an enterprise cloud computing vendor , recently announced that CSC Jordan , a leading financial services company in the region , has implemented Nutanix cloud infrastructure . The solution has enabled the institution to achieve the fastest transaction processing time for electronic payments ( 600ms ) in Jordan and reduced data centre footprint by 30 % while enhancing scalability and flexibility . CSC is also on track to achieve full project ROI within one year . CSC Jordan provides banks , financial institutions , and retailers in Jordan with innovative solutions for all forms of electronic payments , ATM management and acquirer solutions .
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