[Manama, Bahrain - September 18, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and Batelco, the leading integrated communications services provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain, have announced the signing of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will see the two companies deepen their strategic alliance in developing future projects within Bahrain and across the globe.
The agreement was signed by Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Chairman of Batelco, and Mr. Shi Yaohong, President of Huawei Middle East, during the Bahrain-China Business Forum held recently in Beijing, China. Attending the signing ceremony was HE Dr. Hassan A. Fakhro, Minister of Industry and Commerce - Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. Yang Weiguo, Council Member of China-Arab Friendship Association, and Ms. Angela Yang, GM of Batelco Group Key Account, Huawei.
The new alliance reinforces the interest of both companies to collaborate on and to pursue future opportunities that advance Batelco's global telecommunication assets including network performance improvement and business consultancy.
Following the signing, Shaikh Hamad said, "We are pleased to continue working with Huawei, given their world class experience. Huawei has been a key partner in providing Batelco with innovative telecommunications solutions over the past few years and we appreciate their invaluable contribution towards our successful delivery of key services for our customers," he added.
"Around the world Huawei is committed to supporting our partners in connecting communities and enriching people's lives through better communication solutions," said Mr. Shi Yaohong, President of Huawei Middle East. "Batelco has long delivered on such projects by providing its customers with cutting-edge fixed and wireless services. Over the years Huawei has supported Batelco with innovative telecommunications solutions, and through this latest global alliance, we look forward to bringing additional value to the organization and to Batelco's customers worldwide."
Over the past decade, Huawei and Batelco have collaborated on many of the milestones projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the countries where the telco operates in, including the first next generation network deployment, high speed internet broadband and the release of several Huawei consumer devices over the past year including the recent launch of the Huawei Ascend P1 smartphone.
Today Bahrain is one of Huawei's most important strategic markets within the Middle East region, home to Huawei's regional headquarters as well as the company's first ever Middle East IT Competence Center—opened in early 2013—supporting the advancement of the Kingdom's IT and telecommunications industry while acting as an excellence hub for innovation at the global level.