Batelco, the leading digital solutions provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation on collaborative business initiatives and to work together on the development of Safe Cities and the National Broadband Network in Bahrain.
The MoU was signed during the 2018 Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018) in Barcelona, Spain. As part of the deal, Huawei and Batelco will work together to promote the development of the National Broadband Network in the Kingdom.
This proposal intends to support the government of Bahrain in achieving the targets outlined in its Fourth National Telecommunications Plan, which calls for 100 percent access to reliable, secure and affordable ultra-fast broadband by 2019 for all businesses, as well as 95 percent for private households.
Shaikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Alkhalifa, Chairman of Batelco, expressed, "Batelco is delighted to partner with Huawei to explore how ICT can be deployed to enhance the safety and overall environment of the Kingdom.
The joint venture will also combine their proficiencies to explore how to promote the development of Safe Cities in the Kingdom. They will also explore how to best place cutting-edge Safe City solutions to increase the wellbeing of the population.
"We are excited to enter into this strategic partnership with Batelco, which will enable us to better assist the leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain in reaching the targets outlined in its Fourth National Telecommunications Plan.
We also look forward to working with Batelco to explore how Safe City solutions can be used to enhance the safety and wellbeing of the Bahraini population," stated Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East.