Ericsson and Qatar's Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) have signed a strategic partnership agreement to boost ICT adoption in the country.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will support Qatar's National ICT Plan 2015, which aims to double the ICT sector's contribution to Qatar's GDP to $3 billion by 2015, while also doubling the ICT workforce to 40,000 personnel during the same period. The plan also aims for 95% high-speed broadband penetration, and mass adoption of ICT, along with a move to e-government.
Ericsson will collaborate with ictQATAR in areas such as sustainability through ICT, moves to develop the e-economy, and support for consumer driven Arabic content development.
The MOU was signed by Hassan Al-Sayed, ictQATAR Assistant Secretary General, IT and ICT Government Sector and Ray Hassan, president, Ericsson Gulf Countries and in the presence of Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, secretary general of ictQATAR and a high delegation from Sweden represented by Gunnar Oom, Swedish Secretary of Trade and Max Bjur Swedish Ambassador in Qatar.
"The ICT industry is an essential part of Qatar growing a robust knowledge-based economy and we are committed to fostering its development to bring all the benefits of an advanced information society to those that live and work here," said Hassan Al-Sayed, ictQATAR assistant secretary general, information technology sector and ICT Government Programs.
"Qatar's approach towards developing a home-grown ICT industry is becoming a reality and we are proud to have been selected by ictQATAR to be part of its' strategic agenda for the country," said Ray Hassan, president Ericsson Gulf Countries. "There are several synergies that will be leveraged as part of this collaboration. Our vision of a Networked Society where people, businesses and devices are networked for the growth of society, life and business mirrors many of the objectives outlined as part of the Qatar National ICT Plan."
Hassan added: "Economic diversification is a challenge that countries around the world are faced with and Qatar must be applauded for recognising the need to develop industries, such as ICT, which can have a far-reaching, sustainable impact on the national economy."