Friday, 22 September 2023 04:01 GMT

The Digital Economy Is At The Forefront Of Qatar National Development Plans


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) By Alex Zhang CEO Huawei Technologies LLC

Digital technologies have transformed society on an unprecedented scale over the last two decades. They have changed the ways we live, work, play, commute, and interact. Today, it is digital technology that has the potential to bring in widespread social changes and economic advancement.

The emergence of a digital-first world requires countries to prepare for a digital first economy. Leading economies are developing digital plans and policies, investing in key digital technology sectors and ICT infrastructure to rebuild and realize a new enlarged GDP.

The government of Qatar already leading based on“the future is digital” direction, prioritizing digitalization as a cornerstone of national development. Qatar has all the right ingredients to become a globally renowned leader in technology and innovation. Qatar National Vision 2030, a blueprint for economic and social development.

ICT helped Qatar to record one of the highest GDP per capita figures in the world. Through open and close collaboration between private and public sectors, the Qatari digital economy can be more inclusive, more competitive, more convenient, and well-positioned for continued growth. Thanks to Qatar 2030 National vision that emphasize digital transformation as a key pillar for growth. The positive results have already been gained in various industries such as the energy sector, telecom, education, and healthcare.

The strong commitment to ICT infrastructure development in the past enabled Qatar to lead in the digital era. Key projects and achievements include national Fixed Broadband (FBB) of 99% national penetration, 5G of 96% nationwide coverage, fastest network in the world, building local datacenter & cloud infrastructure and much more.

Huawei is committed to continue playing an active role to support Qatar building advanced ICT infrastructure through leadership in FBB and 5G technologies through long-standing partnerships partnership ties with local telecom service providers and government entities.

Huawei works with Qatar telecom operators and other enterprises to add new dimensions to Qatar's ICT development through 5.5G network evolution and technological innovation, maintaining Qatar's leading networks capabilities, and enhancing its global positioning and influence in the telecom industry.

Huawei is dedicated to using advanced technologies such as data mining analysis and AI to help local partners realize their digital transformation. Through digital platforms and tools, we fully cooperate with telecom operators in MBB, FBB, and service digitalization to truly improve efficiency, experience, and revenue.

In line with Qatar National Vision 2030, Huawei is keen to actively cooperate with all ecosystem partners to drive Qatar's digital transformation to new milestones. As AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a key pillar for the new world, building a national artificial intelligence center will help form a new model for industrial development with inclusive computing power, promoting the implementation of the national artificial intelligence strategy, including supporting policies, major scientific research, industry agglomeration, industry-university-research collaboration, industry applications, talent cultivation, and new national business card of AI. Achieving this key target will require having the right policies and funds in place to ensure all is set for relevant players to contribute to this goal.

As digital transformation accelerate, new cybersecurity challenges emerge. We must continuously improve cyber security to safeguard the development of the digital economy, which entails both challenges and opportunities. That means building digital trust and making critical infrastructure both more secure and more resilient.

A true demonstration of this capability was during the Qatar FIFA world cup, through our World Cup network Assurance project, Huawei achieved along with its partners outstanding standards of operation quality and ensured the security of the network infrastructure during the Global event.

Looking into the future, Huawei Qatar strategy is fully aligned with the 2030 vision, focusing on supporting Qatar to maintain its leadership in connectivity through leveraging leadership in MBB where we are jointly developing plans with our partners for 5.5G technology deployment, enabling 10Gbps speed, massive IoT and much more, paving the way for the next generation, 6G.

On the FBB domain, we are enhancing fiber technologies through F5.5 evolution. To accelerate cloud adoption in Qatar, Huawei developed an extensive cloud offering to support large enterprises as well as SMEs in Qatar to embrace digital transformation and migrate to cloud-native applications, accelerating investment in AI technology, and providing applications and use cases that benefit the Qatari market to boost productivity, reduce the workforce skills gap, and achieve full automation.

A sustainable digital economy will require more than connectivity. Green ICT solutions must also be prioritized. Huawei can help Qatar achieve a reduction in carbon emissions through intelligence and smart operation.

A sustainable digital economy demands a large pool of local talents that is proficient in the latest technologies and able to adapt to new developments quickly. Governments and businesses must continue to invest in training and education programs to ensure that workers have the skills they need to succeed in the digital economy.

Huawei is highly committed to supporting one of Qatar's key priorities, nurturing ICT local talent and building the ICT talent pool ecosystem. This is crucial to mold all-rounded graduates prepared for a dynamic digital-led workplace. Huawei will continue doing its part to advance the country's ICT skills with flagship initiatives and programs such as the ICT Competition, Seeds for the Future and Huawei ICT Academy.

Together with our partners in Qatar, we join forces to cultivate an ecosystem that is conducive to healthy and coordinated cross-sector development, driving the digital economy forward, accelerating digital transformation, and helping to speed up the arrival of an intelligent world.

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