Ooredoo signs agreement with NVIDIA to deploy AI technology in data centers in Middle East

(MENAFN) The CEO of the Qatari Telecom Group, Ooredoo, announced that NVIDIA has signed an agreement to deploy its artificial intelligence technology in Ooredoo's data centers across five countries in the Middle East. This marks NVIDIA's first major launch in a region where the export of advanced American chips is restricted by Washington to prevent Chinese companies from accessing the latest AI technologies through Middle Eastern countries.

Ooredoo stated that this agreement positions it as the first company in the region to offer direct access to NVIDIA's AI Technology to its data center customers in Qatar, Algeria, Tunisia, Oman, Kuwait, and the Maldives. Ronnie Vashishta, NVIDIA's senior vice president of communications, emphasized that this technological availability will enable Ooredoo to assist its customers more effectively in utilizing generative AI applications.

Aziz Al-Othman Fakhro, Ooredoo's CEO, highlighted in an interview with Reuters that this partnership will provide Ooredoo's corporate clients with services that may not be accessible to their competitors for the next 18 to 24 months. The specifics of the agreement's value were not disclosed, but it was signed during the TM Forum event in Copenhagen on June 19. Ooredoo also did not specify which NVIDIA technology would be utilized, noting that it would depend on availability and customer demand.

While Washington permits the export of certain NVIDIA technologies to the Middle East, it restricts the most advanced chips. Fakhro added that Ooredoo is investing USD1 billion to enhance its regional data center capacity by an additional 20 to 25 megawatts, supplementing the current 40 megawatts. The company aims to triple this capacity by the end of the decade. 



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