Energy City Qatar links up with NavLink

Published August 1st, 2007 - 02:32 GMT

Energy City Qatar, the Gulf’s groundbreaking energy business cluster, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NavLink, the Middle East’s leading managed services provider.


The MoU allows both companies to further develop a cooperation framework in relation to the Energy City Information & Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure. In principle Energy City Qatar and NavLink, an AT&T affiliated company, will explore options to develop, build and operate a state-of-the-art, data center, that meets ECQ tenants’ needs.


“We see this agreement as a further step towards establishing Energy City Qatar as the world’s leading location for energy companies. The agreement allows both companies to work closely to identify how NavLink’s pioneering technology can be integrated into the Energy City Qatar Data Center,” said Hesham Al Emadi, CEO of Energy City Qatar, pinpointing the significance of today’s agreement.


“In particular, we will be looking to see how we can develop hosting and managed services for our tenants, possibly co-branded as Energy City Qatar / NavLink,” added Al Emadi.


Laurent Delifer, Co-President and COO of NavLink, said: "We are excited about our collaboration with ECQ and looking forward, with our strategic partners, to enable ECQ to offer advanced IP-based services to its tenants within the city as well as managed global connectivity to fulfill their most demanding telecommunication needs”.


Explaining further about the technological advantage this agreement will give Energy City, Head of Technology Mark Fuller said: “Energy City Qatar will be the most technologically advanced business center is the Gulf. Our tenants will be operating in the global market and the agreement signed today means Energy City Qatar is serious about offering them access to one of the most advanced and robust worldwide communications infrastructures anywhere.”


“The Energy City Qatar Data Center will be a crucial element to providing tenants with access to ultra-fast, uninterrupted communications across the globe. Energy City Qatar will install an advanced Data Node capable of directly interconnecting our residents with businesses and other Energy Cities around the world, using the fastest, most reliable technology available,” added Fuller.


Bassem Soubra, NavLink Territory Manager commented, “NavLink is keen on working with ECQ on introducing world-class ICT services; hence, creating more value to ECQ tenants”.

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