Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 72 - Page 14


Ooredoo Group selects Ericsson as Digital Transformation partner

Digital Transformation and enables us to provide seamless connectivity and innovative services to our customers . We are confident in Ericsson ’ s technology leadership and ability to maximise 5G opportunities .”

The Ooredoo Group , a major multinational communications service provider with operations spanning the Middle East , Africa and Asia , has selected Ericsson as its nextgeneration Digital Transformation partner for Business Support Systems ( BSS ) solutions .

The companies have signed a five-year group frame agreement spanning the deployment of the latest Ericsson BSS solutions across several Ooredoo Group operating companies .
Nigel Thomas Byrne , Group Chief Technology Information Officer , Ooredoo , said : “ Ericsson ’ s Business Support Systems portfolio provides a holistic view and roadmap for Ooredoo ’ s goal of
Jan Karlsson , Head , Business Area Digital Services , Ericsson , said : “ Digitalisation is transforming the entire information and communication technology ( ICT ) industry and opening up a whole host of opportunities with it . The agreement confirms our position as a major partner to the Ooredoo Group and we are proud to extend the relationship into the future and across Ooredoo Operating Companies . We are looking forward to working together to accelerate the Ooredoo Group ’ s digital transformation goals and enable their Business to Business ( B2B ) and Business to Consumer ( B2C ) strategies .”

GE whitepaper highlights pathways to faster decarbonisation in the GCC ’ s power sector

The Gulf Cooperation Council ( GCC ) countries have increased their focus on actions to address climate change concerns but there is an urgent need to further accelerate decarbonisation efforts . With approximately 40 % of global carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion attributable to electricity and heat production , decarbonising the power sector must be prioritised to build a more sustainable future .

In the GCC , this goal can be achieved most effectively by leveraging the region ’ s tremendous renewables potential together with its abundant natural gas reserves , while transitioning away from higher carbon intensity liquid fuels such as oil and diesel , highlights a newly published white paper by GE , Pathways to Faster Decarbonisation in the GCC ’ s Power Sector .
Joseph Anis , President and CEO , GE Gas Power Europe , Middle East and Africa , said :
“ The challenge we face today is not quite as straightforward as simply providing lower carbon power . We need to solve for the energy trilemma of supplying more reliable , affordable and sustainable power , in the context of increasing demand for electricity . There is no one-size-fits-all answer and we recognise that multiple solutions – including solar , wind , hydro , gas , nuclear , battery storage , hybrids and more – will contribute to the region ’ s longterm energy mix .”
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