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MENAFN - The Peninsula - 27/05/2014
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(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Vodafone Qatar, the Pearl Sponsors of QITCOM 2014, yesterday showcased some of the world's most advanced technologies.

Vodafone displayed at the exhibition, the long awaited and latest telecommunication and IT packages in Qatar which has till now achieved by the international IT companies. Visitors to Vodafone Qatar stand will see the latest technology, smart applications in transportations, communication, healthcare, business and town planning.

Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman of Vodafone Qatar, welcomed H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Qatar, to the Vodafone Qatar pavilion. Accompanying Vodafone Qatar's Chairman were Kyle Whitehill, the company's Chief Executive Officer, and Mohammed Al Yami, Director of External Affairs.

"Vodafone supports the efforts to build a knowledge based economy in Qatar with a vibrant ICT sector so we are delighted to be showcasing the latest innovative products and solutions at QITCOM," said Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani.

"Qatar has emerged as one of the leaders in ICT penetration and usage, not only in the MENA region, but also worldwide. Vodafone Qatar is in the privileged position to be able to take what's best from Vodafone globally and bring it to Qatar to help realise the 2030 Qatar National Vision," he said.

Vodafone's Smart Transportation area demonstrates how Vodafone is continuing strong ties and partnerships in the automotive industry.

Vodafone has partnered with Alfardan Automobiles, the exclusive importers of BMW in Qatar, to introduce the first commercially fully-connected car with Internet in Qatar. With a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe on display, Vodafone is showcasing BMW Apps connected by Vodafone. These include search find and explore apps including live Google services and connected weather apps, connected offices through BMW online applications. Music streaming and social media are also featured in the car.

As Vodafone's fixed broadband offering expands, Vodafone is dedicated to improve the daily lives of people in Qatar in their homes as well as in their business environment.

In the Vodafone Smart Home area, Vodafone demonstrates the latest advancements in Smart Home technology. On show is a smart living room that contains integrated technology around lighting, entertainment, security that are seamlessly integrated into a user-friendly tablet. Also on display is a range of state of the art smart accessories, which are also offered at Vodafone's Villaggio store.

Healthcare is changing and mobile technologies are at the heart of this change. Vodafone's Smart Health area introduces the future of healthcare to its visitors and showcases solutions for diabetes management, cardiac monitoring and proactive care.

For businesses, Vodafone, with an un-paralleled global footprint, is showing how it can help businesses in Qatar operate globally. As the 2nd largest global voice carrier, delivering 52 billion international minutes every year, Vodafone is the only company that can serve businesses' mobile as well as fixed requirements across the world.

Moreover, Vodafone is showcasing its range of cloud services for businesses in Qatar with cost effective solutions to help companies operate efficiently. Vodafone cloud offerings include a range of security and conferencing suites to help companies work the way they want, either inside the office or when their employees are on the move locally or internationally.

VodafoneQatar has aligned its goals to those of the Qatar 2030 Vision, and is clear that supporting the Smart City deployments in Qatar is a key pillar of its success. With that, Vodafone Qatar yesterday launched a unique and innovative digital platform to enable citizens of Qatar to participate in building Qatar into a Smart City through a web site, mobile site, and through their own Social media via a hashtag: #DesignYourQatar.

The platform is designed to help citizens learn about how exciting new technologies can improve life in their city and create unique insights for government and enterprises by crowd-sourcing ideas, bringing the voice of citizens, helping them dream big, and make their mark on the future. The programme will run for over 1 year and will bring knowledge and input from global and local Smart City experts and will be included as part of Smart City events throughout the Country.

The innovative website will aggregate all ideas submitted to the site and submitted via Twitter using the Hashtag #DesignYourQatar. The ideas can be commented on and supported via votes so that the top ideas are featured at the top. Users of the site can register and will earn points for contributing the top ideas and participating in the community. Vodafone's stand is located at Area B44 of the Qatar National Convention Center and can be visited from 1pm to 9pm.

Vodafone Qatar QSC is the holder of the Second Public Mobile and Fixed Telecommunications Networks and Services Licence in the State of Qatar.

Vodafone Qatar switched on its mobile network on March 1, 2009 and shortly after started delivering great value to its customers with a range of exciting products and services.

Having built a world class converged IP network, Vodafone launched fibre-based consumer and enterprise fixed-line services commercially in October 2012 and is expanding its fibre services in conjunction with QNBN deployment of fibre to homes and corporates.

Vodafone's objective is to be the most admired brand in Qatar and the company is committed to providing world class telecommunications infrastructure to support Qatar National Vision 2030.

Mohammed Al Yami, Director of External Affairs at Vodafone Qatar, in press statement said that Vodafone Qatar is Pearl Sponsor for this important event in Qatar which is being organised in country for the fourth time and shows the latest achievements in telecommunication and IT in Qatar and Vodafone is proud to display in QITCOM which is one of important exhibition in this region.

Vodafone showcases themes related to future of Qatar which include Smart Transportation, Smart Homes, Smart Health, Smart Business and Smart Cities. In the first area we signed an agreement with Alfardan Automobiles to introduce the first commercially fully-connected car with Internet in Qatar. With a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe on display, Vodafone is showcasing BMW Apps connected by Vodafone. These include search find and explore apps including live Google services and connected weather apps, connected offices through BMW online applications. Music streaming and social media are also featured in the car. This car, in case of an accident, can be located easily because of the maps and other innovations.

In healthcare, we are introducing the patients through their hospitals where they can be monitored at home from the hospital when the patient is using sophisticated devices. The third area, which is telecommunication, allows a car to be connected with other telecommunication devices through which its activity can be controlled.


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