Telecoms equipment vendor Nokia and Saudi-based telco stc, have announced a joint collaboration to operate stc’s Technology Innovation Centre in Riyadh.
An agreement was signed by Abdullah Alowini, VP, Technology Strategy and Architecture at stc and Khalid Hussain, Saudi Country Senior Officer at Nokia, in the presence of Haitham Al Faraj, SVP, Technology and Operations at stc and Amr K. El Leithy, Head, Middle East and Africa Market at Nokia.
According to the two companies, the five-year project will see Nokia carry out several programmes to help stc develop at least four truly innovative use cases every year to support stc’s business goals.
In addition, Nokia will also support stc with the development of innovative use cases for new upcoming technologies. At the same time, stc will join Nokia’s Open Ecosystem Network, a digital collaboration platform which brings companies together to help them innovate and develop new ideas and this is where the centre’s digital community will be hosted.
Under the partnership, Nokia will also raise stc engineers’ capabilities to develop an entrepreneurial mindset that will help them build use cases in line with unique requirements of Saudi Arabia.
The innovation centre will be equipped with the latest technologies and will leverage Nokia’s Open Ecosystem Network and provide an opportunity for stc employees to interact and benefit from Nokia’s international partner network.
Abdullah Alowini, VP, Technology Strategy and Architecture, stc, said: “We are committed to providing the latest products and services as this is a crucial initiative in this direction. The innovation centre will develop path-breaking use cases that will improve the lives of the people and contribute to the economic and social development of Saudi Arabia in line with Saudi Vision 2030. We are confident that this programme, in collaboration with Nokia, will help us in developing local content and innovative use cases to improve the quality of lives of our people.”
Khalid Hussain, Saudi Country Senior Officer, Nokia, said: “This collaboration is testimony to yet another strong, evolving partnership between stc and Nokia, contributing towards fast realisation of the Saudi Vision 2030. We are excited to work with stc on this unique initiative to develop unique ideas. We look forward to leveraging our global perspective, insights and technology expertise to help conceptualise new ideas to enhance the quality of life of the citizens.”Click below to share this article