Cisco unveils new strategy for Gulf Region

Published January 9th, 2007 - 01:50 GMT

With a view to laying greater emphasis on the Gulf region, Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced ambitious expansion plans with the creation of three key territories within the region. Cisco also announced the appointment of country managers for the North and South Gulf, aimed at providing customers and partners with enhanced levels of support and commitment in this key market.


While Cisco is going through a major growth phase across the Gulf region, the company is seeking to enhance and strengthen its territorial presence across the Gulf area through greater strategic investments in leadership and regional resources.

“Cisco growth worldwide has been phenomenal. With the Gulf region being one of the top three fastest growing region, The creation of the key territories and the appointment of respective country managers reiterates our commitment to our customers and our active participation in the economic development of the region using technology as a prime enabler,” said Samer Alkharrat, General Manager, Cisco Gulf.

Cisco appointed Tarek Ghoul as Country Manager who will be responsible for the North Gulf region; which includes Kuwait and Bahrain. Ghoul will be engaging closely with key customers and help align Cisco’s plans based on the unique business and technology needs of this territory.


"We consider this initiative as a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to our customers, partners and the country as a whole. With areas such as Telecom, Energy, Healthcare and Education witnessing major growth, Cisco has uniquely positioned itself to provide the high levels of commitment and engagement required to support this growth,” Ghoul added.

Ghoul will also oversee Cisco’s presence and rapid expansion in the region, including the further additions to the Kuwait Office team as well as more dedicated man power that will be primarily focused on Bahrain booming telecoms and real-estate sectors.

Recently, Cisco signed an agreement with Batelco, offering advanced IP-based technology solutions that can enable Batelco to not only create new revenue channels, but also provide value added services that allow customers to streamline their operational efficiency, cut cost and enhance productivity.

Earlier this year, Wataniya Telecom, Kuwait’s first privately owned mobile operator, announced the deployment of Cisco’s revolutionary ‘All IP Network’ to transform their core mobile network from the radio sites through the core network riding all on IP, reducing operational costs and enabling Wataniya to roll out more services much faster.


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