Gitex Day 4 – Wheeling and dealing
Mita Srinivasan
10X Technology

Gitex Day 4 – Wheeling and dealing

Like every year, some of the major players in the technology sector share details of partnerships and deals during Gitex. Here are a few that caught our eye.

Ankabut partners with Huawei for cloud and software-defined data centre expansion project

Ankabut, the UAE’s Advanced National Research and Education Network offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world, will be working with Huawei to expand its education cloud in the UAE and the Middle East. The two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during GITEX Technology Week 2020 outlining their future cooperation.

The partnership confirms Huawei as Ankabut’s long-term cloud solution provider and strategic technology partner, taking full advantage of the company’s end-to-end ICT technology. Earlier last year, Huawei built the new education cloud platform and software defined data centre for Ankabut. With phase one of the cloud established, the two organisations will now work together to expand the existing footprint using Huawei Cloud Stack Solution and software defined data centre, in turn strengthening the UAE’s position as a leader in educational services and accelerating digital transformation. The extended software-defined data centre will enable Ankabut to provide innovative services to educators in the UAE and across the region.

Nedaa and Airbus sign new partnership

Nedaa has signed a new partnership agreement with Airbus at GITEX Technology Week 2020 for the deployment of mission-critical communication solutions. H.E. Mansoor Bu Osaiba, Chief Executive Officer of Nedaa, and Walid Lahoud, Head of Sales Middle East and North Africa for Secure Land Communications at Airbus, inked the agreement during a signing ceremony held at Nedaa’s pavilion, which also hosts Airbus.

As part of the partnership, Airbus’ Tactilon Agnet 500 and 800 and the Tactilon Dabat hybrid device will be deployed through Nedaa’s private mission-critical 4G network starting 2021 to achieve stronger and faster response in the area of public safety coordination. Government entities, security and public safety authorities, first responders, event organizers, operation management departments and personnel of organizations across all vital sectors can leverage the solutions’ advanced features for a better communication support system.

GDRFA Dubai, Software AG partner to enhance digital innovation in services

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, GDRFA, in Dubai and Software AG signed a second generation MoU to accelerate digital transformation in immigration services.. The memorandum was signed between His Excellency Major General Obaid Muhair bin Suroor, Deputy Director General of GDRFA Dubai and Rami Kichli, VP – Gulf and Levant, Software AG at GITEX Technology Week. This is a succeeding step in the strategic alliance between the two companies commenced in 2018.

The extended collaboration will further tackle the toughest challenges, unleash the fullest potential and enable GDRFA-Dubai to elevate the efficiency of processes, scale systems and advance capabilities to maximise the value that end users can derive through the upgraded system.

American Hospital Dubai, Avaya partner to boost connected healthcare experiences

American Hospital Dubai has partnered with Avaya to improve patients’ outcomes with improved call centre operations and customer relationship management capabilities that personalise the patient experience, simplify access to care, and help streamline operations.

The partnership sees American Hospital Dubai adopt a comprehensive suite of digital contact centre services that will enhance its teams’ ability to communicate with patients along their health journey. By connecting people, resources, data, and solutions, the solution helps American Hospital Dubai optimise its operations and help care team members communicate seamlessly so that they are more accessible.

Qualys launches UAE Cloud

Qualys launched the Qualys UAE Cloud, a platform that will allow public and private enterprises across the Middle East to innovate across their hybrid IT environment. The Qualys Cloud Platform will now support several local compliance requirements, such as the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre’s (ADSIC) Information Security Policy and the UAE Information Assurance Regulation.

Dubai Economy launches Unified Payments Network

Dubai Economy has announced the launch of the Unified Payments Network (UPN), an inclusive platform that will bring together all payment service providers to facilitate cashless transactions. Launched at the GITEX, the platform is a subsidiary of the flagship ‘EngageDXB’ initiative of Dubai Economy to promote engagement between the private and public sectors and aims to empower the existing players in the payment ecosystem to accelerate the transition towards a cashless society.

UPN will enhance the current service offerings for all local wallets and payment service providers. It offers zero onboarding cost to encourage merchant adoption, while providing an end-to-end digital payment acceptance solution, capable of processing any digital payment, including micropayments, from cards to wallet, locally or internationally issued.