Qatar in Korean alliance to develop smart cities

Qtel, KT Corp. of Korea launch 'smart' city solutions venture.

New Songdo City in Korea is a leading 'smart' city.
New Songdo City in Korea is a leading 'smart' city.

Doha Qatar Telecom (Qtel) and KT Corporation of Korea have launched a major strategic alliance that will see the two companies develop joint solutions for a new generation of ‘smart’ cities in Qatar.

Qtel and KT Corporation will launch a range of products and solutions aimed at developers, infrastructure companies, governmental and corporate entities.

“We are united in driving the development of the knowledge-based economy and building the best possible urban environments across Qatar,” said Qtel executive director: business solutions Khalid Abdullah Al Mansouri.

The ‘smart’ city concept has become an integral developmental focus, combining ‘hard’ urban construction with ‘soft’ technology like IT and building control systems.

Korea is a global pioneer in the field, with developments like New Songdo City deploying the latest technology to minimise energy use and environmental impact, and thereby transform the quality of life of residents.

Qatar has plans to be a leader in the development of ‘smart’ cities, with more than ten major master projects already under development.

Dr. Kim Hansuk, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Global Business Unit, KT Corporation said: “Smart city developments are transforming urban environments around the world, helping to reduce energy use, and transforming the range of services provided.

“Bringing together the advanced technology portfolio of KT Corporation and the in-depth industry knowledge of Qtel will provide an important contribution to the growth of Smart Cities in Qatar.”

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