Ooredoo takes on major role in Qatar's energy strategy

Wed, 2015-11-04 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Council Lead Partner Ooredoo may be best known for its communications services ranging from super-fast 4G mobile Internet to its nationwide fiber home broadband network, but it has also established a presence in the energy industry.

The company took advantage of the Power Qatar Summit in October to show off its smart energy solutions and underscore the importance of cloud-based machine-to-machine (M2M) technology in Qatar's strategy to ensure that its energy future will be sustainable.

One of those solutions is smart metering for both residences and businesses because it offers several capabilities, including enabling homeowners to monitor and manage how much electricity they consume and utilities to manage how much power they are generating. Smart metering solutions also can help cities keep tabs on and manage demand for water and power. Essentially, the data the intelligent meters provide can be used to enhance generation and delivery of electricity, monitoring and management, and energy conservation.

Earlier this year, Ooredoo and Ericsson provided a cloud-based M2M platform in Indonesia for business customers which also will enable the country to accelerate implementation of smart city technologies. It is anticipated the platform will provide benefits for Indonesia's banking and public service sectors as well.

"Energy consumption is a major cost for businesses and developers, and a significant social and environmental challenge for all nations," said Waleed Al Sayed, chief operating officer for Ooredoo. "Qatar is taking major steps to address strategic issues surrounding energy, and Ooredoo is providing the smart technology that will enable companies and people to manage energy production and demand far more effectively."

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