Posted on May 26, 2014

With the opening of the country’s most anticipated ICT event QITCOM 2014, Vodafone, the Pearl Sponsors of QITCOM, showcased some of the world’s most advanced technologies. HE Sheikh Dr. Khalid Bin Thani Al Thani, Chairman of Vodafone Qatar, welcomed HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State 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.

 HE Sheikh Dr. Khalid Bin Thani Al Thani, Chairman of Vodafone Qatar, said: “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.” “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 realize the 2030 Qatar National Vision,” continued HE Sheikh Dr. Khalid Bin Thani Al Thani.

Vodafone showcases the world 2 [].jpgAt the Vodafone stand, visitors over the next two days of the exhibition will experience leading developments in the areas of Smart Transportation, Smart Homes, Smart Health, Smart Business and Smart Cities. 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 importer of BMW in Qatar to introduce the first commercially connected car 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 52bn 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.

Vodafone showcases the world 3 [].jpgVodafone Qatar 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 today 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 design to help citizens learn about how exciting new technologies can improve life in their city and create unique insights for government and enterprises by crowdsourcing ideas, bringing the voice of citizens, helping them dream big, and make their mark on the future.  The program 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 microsite 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 Centre and can be visited from 1pm to 9pm.