Tata Communications, Zain partner for smart city projects in Saudi Arabia
Indian company Tata Communications and Saudi Arabia operator Zain KSA announced they have entered a strategic engagement to carry out smart city initiatives in Saudi Arabia.
With this collaboration the partners will deliver solutions and platforms to remodel cities with smart street lighting, smart waste management, connected workplace, healthcare and connected cars.
Tata Communications IoT ecosystem will serve as one-stop-shop to provide the hardware, platform, application and insights while Zain KSA will expand the footprint with its business-to-business (B2B) offerings through joint projects related to software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) and global contact centers, as well as the application of smart transport and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions enabling smart waste handling, smart metering and other smart city use cases.
“The strength of the reach of Zain KSA and cutting-edge infrastructure combined with our ecosystem of advanced technologies will strengthen the country’s shift to becoming a sustainable economy,” said Vaneet Mehta, Tata Communications’ region head for the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. “This is a demonstration of our both organizations commitment to enable reimagining of cities in the Middle East by operating on smarter and cost-efficient models. This is a milestone project for Tata Communications for transforming the city into an intelligent and energy efficient metropolis, reducing its carbon footprint and charting the path for other cities to replicate.”
“Building on our pioneering and internationally renowned 5G network and in line with our vertical expansion strategy to drive 5G applications such as IoT we will work together to contribute to our comprehensive digital solutions offering and transformation services under one roof to enterprises and governments across the kingdom,” said Saad A. Al-Sadhan, chief business and wholesale officer of Zain KSA. “The confluence of reliable connectivity, agility and trust will converge to better serve communities, businesses and governments. Together we will strengthen the digital core of the country to reinforce Saudi Vision 2030 and provide businesses the tools to embrace innovation and disruption to succeed in a rapidly evolving environment.”
The partners also said that this strategic engagement will serve Saudi’s enterprises and government institutions with advanced technologies such as IoT, 5G, Low Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN), managed security services, SD-WAN and many others. It will also support environmental sustainability measures and digital transformation of the region.