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A leading global ICT solutions provider and a leading Smart City advisory have forged an allegiance specifically aimed at making cities in the region smarter. Huawei and neXgen have officially announced their collaboration which has been agreed in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for Smart City technology in the Middle East.

It has been enabled though its strategic partnership with Zain Group, neXgen is the trusted advisor and managed service provider to some of the most forward-thinking governments and enterprises worldwide. The strategic alliance agreement was signed between Terry He, president, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Middle East, and Ghazi Atallah, CEO of neXgen Group - in the presence of Zain Group CEO Scott Gegenheimer, and Huawei Middle East President, Charles Yang.

Both Huawei and neXgen will cooperate in the Smart City Go-to-Market (GTM) across the region with emphasis on markets within Zain’s footprint. The collaboration covers the design, release and marketing of joint Smart City solutions for smart districts and logistics, smart safety and security, and smart healthcare services. The agreement also covers cooperation in Smart Internet of things (IoT), and Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) technologies.

“This strategic collaboration with Huawei, a global ICT leader, will bring readily deployable solutions for Smart Cities and Districts, enabling our clients across the region to leverage these innovative services in their digital transformation journey.  Delivering simple and effective services to our customers from our industry collaboration efforts is always our overarching goal,” said Ghazi Atallah, CEO of neXgen Group.

“This partnership is in line with our strategy to build an ecosystem that involves various industry players to enable an open, better connected world. This alliance allows us to capitalize on neXgen’s regional presence and know-how while addressing the ever-growing appetite for smart city solutions in Middle East,” said Mohamad Sharara, president of Zain Key Account Dept, Huawei ME.

Huawei comes with valuable experience in Smart City solutions, featuring the most extensive product line in the industry. Huawei has deployed Smart City solutions in over 100 cities in more than 30 countries worldwide, cooperating with over 1,100 technology providers and 800 services and system integrators.

neXgen Group specializes in extending smart city technology solutions as a service to governments, real estate and enterprise customers across the region and has been actively involved in flagship projects such as Smart Dubai and Smart Riyadh, contributing its regional consulting expertise and in-country Smart City managed services.

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