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Tata Communications, Zain to develop smart city solutions for Saudi Arabia

IBEF:  January 05, 2022

In a joint statement released on Tuesday, Mumbai-based Tata Communications and Saudi Arabian telecom services provider Zain KSA announced a strategic partnership to offer smart city solutions to Saudi Arabia.

"The merged ecosystems will supply solutions and platforms to rebuild cities with smart street lighting, smart waste management, connected workplace, healthcare, and connected cars," according to a statement released to the stock exchange by Tata Communications.

In the flagship project where both companies are working together to bring smart street lighting solutions for one of the key cities, Tata Communications' IoT ecosystem will serve as a 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 centres, 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 companies said.

On the BSE, the Tata Communications stock was trading 1.43% lower at 1425.85 as of Tuesday afternoon.

"Zain KSA's reach and cutting-edge infrastructure, together with our ecosystem of sophisticated technologies, will strengthen the country's transition to become a sustainable economy," said Vaneet Mehta, Tata Communications' region head for the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa.

This was a watershed moment for Tata Communications in terms of transforming the city into an intelligent and energy-efficient metropolis, lowering its carbon footprint, and paving the way for other cities to follow in its footsteps, he said.

"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 Eng. Saad A. Al-Sadhan, Zain KSA's chief business and wholesale officer. "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."

The strategic partnership between Tata Communications and Zain KSA will provide sophisticated technologies to Saudi businesses and government institutions, including IoT, 5G, low-power wide-area networks, Managed Security Services, SDWAN, and more. It will also help the region's environmental sustainability and digital transformation

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