KUWAIT: Ooredoo Kuwait, the first to launch innovated digital services in Kuwait, organized the “Business to Digital” conference in its second year yesterday, under the Patronage of Minister Khaled Al-Roudhan and with the attendance of Deputy Director-General of the Central Agency for Information Technology, Dr Ammar Al-Hussaini. This event was held under the supervision of Ooredoo Business and FASTtelco Business, a subsidiary of Ooredoo Kuwait.
This event comes in tandem with Ooredoo’s strategy of being a leader in the market in terms of Digital Transformation. In the evening, the conference witnessed a special event with the launch of the Kuwait App Market in its second year. The market embraced the creativity of a large number of young Kuwaiti’s who have designed unique, successful applications which included the most prominent local applications such as TAPCOM, Daresni, Alhesba, Careem, Mashkor, Paydo, Collab,Sakan and Hesabi Pay.
The one-day event took place at the Al-Raya Hall, attended by the country’s most prominent guests and attendees from the leading IoT/ICT companies such as Huawei, Hewlett Packard, Fortinet, Dell EMC, Cisco, and Ericsson.. The “Business to Digital” conference discussed ICT and Security solutions and offered a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise about the latest business technologies under one roof.
During his speech, Deputy Director-General of the Central Agency for Information Technology, Dr. Ammar Al-Hussaini, said: “We witness today a rapid development and great challenges in technology field which require to keep up with the change and overcome the challenges.”
“We are keen to develop the capabilities and skills of information technology workers in government agencies to support the process of digital transformation in Kuwait,” he noted, adding “The results of this joint initiative recently announced in cooperation with Microsoft where Government employees will be able to enhance their digital and technical skills related to cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and develop modern and intelligent applications that have become essential to our daily lives.”Dr. Hussaini praised Ooredoo’s efforts in embracing young founders of the Kuwaiti applications.
Chief Business Officer at Ooredoo Kuwait, Abdulaziz Al-Babtain, said that Ooredoo believes in the importance of keeping up with the latest developments in the telecommunications technology sector, which is the key to supporting many vital sectors “We are witnessing a change in the living style and the big shift in the completion of our daily change through digital transactions by applications in our smartphones.”
He affirmed that the success of Ooredoo results from providing all the latest in the field of information technology to support companies and individuals, adding “Today, Ooredoo is the first international hosting center in Kuwait to host several government companies and institutions in all sectors. The company is unique in providing advanced security systems and in adopting global communication services in Qatar, which is witnessing rapid developments in this sector as the main provider of the 2022 World Cup.”
In his turn, Corporate Communications Senior Director at Ooredoo Kuwait, Mijbil Al-Ayoub stated that the Business to Digital Conference in its second year in a row confirms Ooredoo’s commitment to provide full support to all parties and sectors related to the development of new systems and support young people towards more success in innovations.
Al-Ayoub added, “Ooredoo is working to enrich it by providing the best solutions and communications infrastructure and security systems and to offer new solutions to support His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in the vision of new Kuwait 2035 and transforming it into a financial and commercial center,” Said Ayoub.
Bilal Agha, Marketing Director- B2B at Ooredoo Kuwait presented Ooredooo Kuwait’s Ooredoo Kuwait’s Business to Digital Transformation Strategy and discussed Ooredoo Kuwait’s different business products and smart solutions. He added “We at Ooredoo are providing the pillars to support businesses in their digital journey which are the infrastructure, security, and connectivity”.
In the session, Alain Sanchez, Fortinet, EMEA CISO, talked about the future of Managed Security Services and how the evolution of the Cyber Security landscape calls for the next generation of Managed Network Services.He stressed the importance of digital innovation and how it is creating increased risk and disruption infrastructure to support digital changing rapidly in expanding attack surface, advanced threats using AI& ML, and Eco-system complexity.
“We believe Ooredoo has what it takes to deliver the next generation of Managed Network Services, where Ooredoo Kuwait captured growth in a highly penetrated market and in choosing quality over quantity and targeting the high-end segment of Digital Kuwait. Also, Ooredoo has a deep knowledge of Kuwait business and people and was awarded the Communications Department of the Year, Best digital service award, and the best 4G-LTE Internet. Ooredoo puts security at the center and investing and enabling great security solutions and innovations to be at the service of Kuwait innovative clients,” said Sanchez.
Rafat N Tashman, Huawei, Chief Business Solution Director discussed the 5G Motivating Enterprise Solutions saying that 5G presents a 10-year Cumulative Revenue Opportunity of USD 30 Billion in Kuwait (2020-2030).He explained that the 5G Value Proposition for Businesses Built Around has four themes. “First: IoT Support where 5G will unleash a host of new experiences based on IoT across thousands of connections.