Ooredoo has underlined its commitment to innovation by signing an agreement with Qatar University (QU) and Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), which will contribute to wider efforts to make Qatar one of the best-connected countries in the world and a hub for "smart solutions".
The initiative will see research focussed on key areas, such as fast deployable wireless communication systems for disaster and emergency response; innovations of green radio access technologies in wireless communications; tele-health and applications; wireless communications for next-generation power grids; and stadium communications.
The joint venture will aim to yield findings that will have a positive social, economic and educational impact on the wider community.
Waleed Al-Sayed, chief executive officer, Ooredoo Qatar, explained: "By partnering with these globally respected institutions, we are helping place Qatari students at the cutting edge of research and development in the field of wireless communication.
"Ooredoo's Supernet has been designed to expand and grow into one of the best in the world, and we will share the lessons from its implementation with our academic partners."
Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham, Qatar University president, said that partnering with Ooredoo will give students and researchers the chance to enhance their skills – skills which can then be used to contribute to advancing quality research and development in the field of wireless communication systems.
Ooredoo's sponsorship will provide the opportunity for QU and Texas A&M at Qatar students to expand their knowledge of the telecom industry and engage in real-world experiences during their academic studies in preparation for their future careers.
It's also hoped that the sponsorship will have immediate benefits, too, by contributing towards the country's development and technological advancement.