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Hesham Al-Emadi, CEO, Energy City Qatar February 2012

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Qtel to operate ECQ data centre


Qtel has signed a deal with Energy City Qatar to operate the latter’s world-scale data centre at its Lusail development for 16 years. Under the terms of the agreement, Energy City Qatar will offer some of the “most advanced” data communications services and solutions ever provided in the region in collaboration with Qtel. Energy City Qatar will build the data centre and Qtel will provide full support to operate the facility and extend its services to local, regional and international energy companies, which are tenants at the Lusail development. The data centre is expected to become functional in 2012.

Qtel will render 24x7 service to Energy City Qatar for its proposed Internet data Centre and Network Operations Centre at Lusail. Being built over 1.2 sq km of land, the $2.6bn integrated energy centre will be home to global and regional energy companies upon completion. It will be the Middle East’s first energy business centre catering exclusively to the commercial, technical and human resource needs of the oil and gas companies operating in the region.

Qtel will provide “advanced network management tools” to support a range of managed and hosting services at ECQ’s Lusail development. Qtel will also deliver global and local network services in partnership with Energy City Qatar. This will be supported by a “controlled environment” that optimises the deployment of key components such as power, cooling, and networking systems to ensure the systems are “fully scalable” according to the needs of different tenants.

In addition, the company has developed a “full crisis and backup strategy” for Energy City Qatar, including the creation of data recovery services, to ensure that tenants can operate at the highest levels without the threat of interruption or data loss. As a result, Energy City Qatar companies will benefit from a “secure, flexible network infrastructure” that will allow tenants and buyers to readily incorporate new technologies, applications, and services over time.

Building upon the technological infrastructure in place at Energy City Qatar, Qtel will research the potential benefits of new technology solutions “to reduce costs and drive efficiencies” for oil and gas concerns. This relationship will provide Energy City Qatar with a “distinct strategic advantage” as an energy hub, as the unique range of technology will be available first in Qatar. The agreement was signed by Qtel Group CEO Dr Nasser Marafih and Energy City Qatar CEO Hesham Ismail al-Emadi.

Marafih said: “Given our heritage in helping to build the communications infrastructure for the energy sector, Qtel is able to draw upon significant internal resources and expertise to support Energy City Qatar. Because of its strategic significance for the nation, we are ensuring that the latest solutions are being deployed and that the entire network is one of the most robust and responsive yet deployed in the region.”

Al-Emadi said: “Energy City Qatar is the vision of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. It will be the world’s next major energy hub, which requires the highest possible standards of communication support and the potential to develop new solutions to meet the needs of the industry.”