Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 34 - Page 12

NEWS Vodafone Qatar draws on international expertise to deploy 5G through it,” said Vodafone Qatar’s CEO, Sheikh Hamad Abdulla Jassim Al Thani. “Our promise to turn Qatar into one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world is supported by more than 20 years of global smart technology knowledge and backed by extensive experience of deploying such technology around the world as well as leadership of organisations such as the Next Generation Mobile Networks group and the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. B uilding on an established track-record of innovation, Vodafone Qatar is leveraging the expertise of its international peers to deploy 5G capabilities in the country. International Vodafone offices across the globe are currently working to completely revolutionise the way people work and live by transforming the Internet. From conducting trials to overseeing research groups, the converged digital services provider is developing the progress of 5G. “We’re entering a brand-new phase in the evolutionary journey of technology. With a long and established track record as one of the world’s top converged digital services providers, there are few organisations better equipped to navigate people and businesses “This expertise will enable us to access the benefits of 5G earlier than expected, thus accelerating our country’s progress towards fulfilling the Qatar National Vision 2030.” In a bid to create Gigabit Qatar, Vodafone Qatar has drawn on this expertise in successfully conducting initial tests in the 3.5GHz band allocated for 5G. ////////////////// Smartphone app launched for Qatar 2022 construction workers T he Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) has launched a smartphone app to help construction workers improve their professional and personal lives during their time in Qatar. Initiated by the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Department and Special Projects Office, in collaboration with the Qatar Innovation Community, the app was developed to utilise the popularity of smartphones with workers and benefit them by providing a customised platform capable of enhancing their everyday lives. Following an initial pilot with 250 workers the ‘Madad – SC Workers’ app has been rolled out to all 22,000 workers engaged on SC infrastructure projects. The word ‘madad’ means ‘help’ in both Arabic and Hindi. Led by the SC’s Projects Advisor, Oscar Liebana, in collaboration with local tech experts A101, the app was developed 12 INTELLIGENTCIO following an intensive consultation period with SC workers. During the development phase, workers at Lusail Stadium were asked for their feedback on the features, functionality and design of the app, which is intended as a one-stop shop for all their needs. Mahmoud Qutub, the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Executive Director, said: “This app helps us to provide support for workers whenever and wherever they need it. It also allows us to establish direct communication with them, which we know from experience is vital.”