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Center of Excellence for Telecom Applications (CETA)


Partner: University of California, San Diego

The mission of the Center of Excellence for Telecom Applications at KACST and UCSD is to undertake research and development of applications for advanced telecommunications networks and the Internet of Things (IoT).



The Center of Excellence for Telecom Applications (CETA) is a joint collaboration between the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and (KACST). This center aims to work in advanced scientific research in the field of telecommunications and the IoT. It works to provide operators with the latest and advanced solutions that meet the requirements of various authorities in order to increase the efficiency of the communication networks and internet services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all over the world.

Its vision is to become a leading center in developing applications for telecommunication and the IoT.

The center has a number of tracks, all of which aim at enhancing the capabilities of scientific research in telecom and wireless applications and the development of human resources in this field. It aims to create a research environment based on a solid scientific base. All of these tracks enable Saudi researchers to participate in joint research with the university. It also allows the use of laboratories and equipment available at the university and participation in research on existing projects.

The center provides the right environment for the preparation of professional Saudi researchers and outstanding prospective graduate students by allowing direct interaction between the Saudi researchers and their counterparts at the University of California, from professors and university specialists, to increase educational knowledge and gain necessary experience.