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Creating a joint research center for future communications by KACST & Huawei, the leading global information and communications technology



King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) singed  a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei the world leader in the provision of information and communications technology (ICT) solutions, to launch a new center for technologies of future communications, with the aim of developing ICT in the Saudi Arabia and achieving a quantum leap in the future communications technologies.

The MoU was signed by Prince Dr. Turki Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, KACST President and Mr. Charles Yang, President of Huawei in the Middle East, in the presence of Mr. Li Chengwen, the Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom, Mr. Zhao Leowing, the Chinese Economic and Trade Chancellor, Mr. Ramadan Deng, Huawei Chief Executive Officer in Saudi Arabia, and a selection of high ranking officials of both parties. 

Prince Dr. Turki underlined that the establishment of the future  ICT center comes in implementation of the agreement signed a few days ago on the honor of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and the President Chen Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, which aims to enable researchers at KACST and the other educational, research and academia institutions in the Kingdom to upgrade scientific innovation in the field of the fourth and fifth generations of broadband networks, buildup research capacity to master future wireless technologies, as well as to promote and translate various applications on the real ground  whereas the Saudi researchers will have the opportunity to work together with their peers at Huawei.

KACST President stressed that both KACST and Huawei will work on developing  wireless applications supporting the technology of the broadband fourth generation, known as the Long Term Evolution technology (LTE);  expecting valuable  benefits from this project for companies working in the field of telecommunications, research centers and academia.

For his part, Mr. Charles Liang highlighted that cooperation between Huawei and  national educational institutions academia and research organizations in Saudi Arabia such as  KACST has proved, over the past 16 years, its effective impact on  developing technology information, and the economy over  the efflorescence  of future generations of professionals in the region, fulfilling the local market requirements and technological  in accordance with the cut-edge international standards and criteria.

The President of Huawei elaborated that the agreement will focus on the advancement of technology of the mobile fourth-generation network, an area where "Huawei" played a leading role in the world in recent years in terms of providing many technological innovations in various sectors, notably telecommunications and information technology, pointing out that cooperation with KACST will contribute to the adoption of the superior advantages of the fourth-generation network through the ongoing research projects, at the same time, it will enable to integrate future wireless technologies and use them in their research programs easily and smoothly

Dr. Anas Faris AlFaris, Supervisor of the Program of Joint-Centers of Excellence at KACST underlined that the new center aims to stimulate scientific research and buildup strategic partnerships with universities and research centers as well as world leading companies to allow Saudi researchers to benefit from international expertise in various fields of knowledge.

It is noteworthy that Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company that is considered the largest company and the world leader in the provision of telecommunications and information technology solutions. The company has a working staff of 170,000 employees around the world. Its products and solutions spread over more than 170 countries around the world where it works on communications requirements of services for more than one-third of the world's population. It was founded in 1987.