New technology will transform CEWA to drive LTE technology adaption and research in the Middle East region
[Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA, 1 May 2011] Delivering on its commitment to becoming a state-of-the-art wireless research center, CEWA signed today an agreement with Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, to add Long Term Evolution (LTE) capabilities with the SingleRAN solution (Integrated GSM/UMTS/LTE technology) to its Riyadh-based laboratory.
The Center of Excellence for Wireless Applications (CEWA), a joint research initiative between King Abduziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Intel Corporation, was launched last year in a bid to enhance wireless technology knowledge and competency of individuals and organizations in the region.
The MoU agreement was signed today by Eng. Fahad Al-Hussain, CEO of CEWA on behalf of CEWA/KACST and Mr. ShengKai, CEO of Huawei Saudi-office. The event was attended by Dr. Hani Elgebaly, Director of Intel Middle East Mobile Innovation Center “MEMIC” together with several representatives from the telecommunications industry from around the region.
“This agreement underlines KACST and Intel’s continued commitment to invest in wireless research in the region. It serves our goals of transforming CEWA to become a unique lab in the region that has SingleRAN WiMAX & LTE End-to-End networks in one lab. This will also help our researchers generate high quality wireless research out of CEWA”, said Fahad Al-Hussain, CEO of CEWA.
CEWA provides key capabilities include offering wireless research expertise and consultative services to operators, governments, vendors and regulators to drive wireless applications and provide performance competency to evaluate and optimize wireless networks. Overall, CEWA is heavily geared towards wireless research and is considered state of the art wireless research testbed in the Middle East.
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. ShengKai, CEO of Huawei Saudi-office, said, “Huawei has been pioneering in the ICT sector and serve telecom operators, government organizations, enterprises and local communities with world-leading technology and know-how. We will continue to sponsor CEWA programs by providing the best-in-class wireless technologies and solutions. This reflects our long-term commitment to fulfilling our corporate social responsibilities and contributing to the sustainable development of technology sector and knowledge-based economy of the Kingdom.”