Jul 09, 2020
The Diplomatic Quarter General Authority in Riyadh Inks First of Its Kind Strategic Deal with TAWAL
The Diplomatic Quarter General Authority has recently partnered with the leading integrated ICT Infrastructure service provider in the Kingdom, TAWAL, for the development of the area’s telecommunication infrastructure. The strategic partnership is first of its kind in Saudi Arabia through which TAWAL will be managing the ICT infrastructure and dealing with the mobile network operators in fulfilling the Diplomatic Quarter’s requirements. The agreement was signed by the CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority Dr. Fahad bin Hussein Bin Mushayt and the CEO of TAWAL Eng. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Alhakbani. The partnership witnessed the attendance of officials and company executives according to agreed-upon precautionary health procedures.
Dr. Fahad bin Hussein Bin Mushayt, CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority, stressed the importance of this strategic agreement in activating the communications services in the Diplomatic Quarter, as an important step that will enable the Authority to achieve its goals in developing the DQ into a model city that provides all modern technologies and smart services, indicating that the agreement comes as a result of the authority’s constant keenness to improve the services and facilities available to the neighborhood’s residents and visitors. Dr. bin Mushayt also expressed optimism about this partnership with TAWAL, stating that this agreement is part of a comprehensive development plan that the Authority has initiated in order to achieve its role in representing the Kingdom amongst the most important regional and international commissions and organizations and in reflecting the best image of the Diplomatic Quarter in particular and the Kingdom in general.
Eng. Mohammed Alhakbani, CEO of TAWAL, also clarified and said: “We are optimistic to be joining hands with the General Authority in the development of the Diplomatic Quarter and its transformation into a smart city and the role this project will have to pave the way for similar mega projects in the Kingdom. This is a promising partnership and it will lead to a digital revamp of the area to become an ideal role model for the development of smart future cities, using the best technologies and smart services that rely on 5G technology. We are proud of this strategic partnership and the General Authority’s trust in TAWAL’s capabilities to deliver the best innovative solutions that would cater to its needs. The agreement is firm proof of TAWAL’s leadership in the industry in providing the best ICT infrastructure services and solutions and in supporting the Kingdom's 2030 vision aimed at achieving digital transformation.”
The agreement is a 10-year contract that is up for renewal. It serves the purpose of managing the DQ’s telecommunication tower services, inclusive of the installation of stations and networking solutions. TAWAL will be working on securing a wide mobile network coverage according to the highest global standards. TAWAL will also be building advanced and environmentally friendly telecommunication towers that will be shared in a smooth manner that considers the importance of preserving the splendor and beauty of the Diplomatic Quarter’s landscape. TAWAL will also be responsible for the operational and maintenance aspect of the grid in accordance with all service providers. This, in turn, will help centralize a strong network in the Diplomatic Quarter with 5G coverage to be expanded as required by the General Authority.
This agreement is part of a bundle of agreements and memoranda of understanding recently signed by the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority for the development of the area’s infrastructure and the provision of all ICT services to benefit all residents and visitors. These projects complement the Diplomatic Quarter’s path to become an exemplary model for future and modern residential neighborhoods.
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