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Ministry of ICT partners with Huawei to launch first IoT lab in Saudi Arabia

11 Dec 2018
Ministry of ICT partners with Huawei to launch first IoT lab in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Huawei entered into a new partnership to launch the first Internet of Things (IoT) Lab in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a fund of one million US dollars to national entrepreneurs. The partnership was announced in the presence of the Minister’s Advisor for IT Industry Development Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad, CEO at Huawei KSA Dennis Zhang, and other representatives from senior government officials, as well as leaders and professionals of major IT enterprises.

The new lab, located at Huawei’s innovation center in Riyadh, will serve entrepreneurs as a platform to innovate IoT applications which will directly target the most important vertical sectors to the Kingdom. This joint initiative between MCIT and Huawei will boost the development of products and applications and promote an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The new IoT Lab is the first such innovation and development joint lab in Saudi Arabia. Under this cooperation, Huawei have also made available one million dollars of funding to developers to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the Kingdom.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, Deputy Minister for Technology and Digital Capacities at MCIT, said: “We are proud to launch the Kingdom’s first IoT Lab and fund with our partner Huawei, believing as we do that this initiative will help to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerate the adoption of emerging technology within the Kingdom, and support the in developing the skillset and technology necessary to enable our vision and national transformation plan. We are grateful to Huawei for its great contribution to support the digital transformation and the development of the ICT talent ecosystem in the Kingdom, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration and partnership.”

“Saudi Vision 2030 calls for the development of the Kingdom into an innovative and globally-competitive economy through digital transformation, and our aim at Huawei is to support the success of this vision. We are committed to open innovation and collaboration to promote the IoT sector here in Saudi Arabia and we see the launch of this lab as another milestone in our strategic partnership with MCIT. We hope the space we have created together will further strengthen our complete ecosystem of partners, manufacturers, technicians, developers and designers to bring the best IoT solutions to the Kingdom,” added Dennis Zhang, Chief Executive Officer at Huawei KSA.

The new lab is expected to contribute to bridging the digital divide by accelerating the pace of digital transformation on the one hand, and enabling the government to realize its vision of establishing a knowledge-based economy in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020.

Ministry of ICT Huawei IoT Lab Vision 2030 National Transformation Program 2020

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