Ooredoo and Nvidia to develop AI-ready platform for MENA

Ooredoo Group, based in Qatar, has entered into a partnership as an Nvidia Cloud Partner (NCP) aimed at advancing artificial intelligence (AI) development across the MENA region.

As part of this collaboration, Ooredoo will work closely with Nvidia to establish an AI-ready platform leveraging Nvidia’s comprehensive innovation in systems, software, and services. This initiative includes the deployment of thousands of Nvidia Tensor Core GPUs within Ooredoo’s AI data centers, facilitating a GPU-as-a-Service offering. This service will provide governments, enterprises, and startups in the region access to advanced AI and machine learning tools, such as generative AI.

Ronnie Vasishta, SVP of telecom at Nvidia, said the offering will optimise processes and drive operational efficiencies across industries.

“Ooredoo Group combines deep enterprise and consumer relationships with the ability to invest in and deploy AI infrastructure and services,” he said in a statement. “By providing Nvidia’s full-stack AI computing platform to customers, Ooredoo will help make it easier for their customers to deploy generative AI applications and services.”

Ooredoo Group CEO Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo added that its collaboration with Nvidia is part of its broader strategy to boost AI infrastructure in the MENA region by enabling countries where Ooredoo operates to establish local clouds. This will not only facilitate the development of local AI ecosystems and applications and reinforcing data security measures, but also drive economic growth, job creation, and technological innovation across the region, he said.

“Implementing Nvidia’s full-stack platform for accelerated computing and generative AI, Ooredoo is equipped to be at the forefront of the AI revolution in MENA, driving digitalisation and innovation as the leading digital infrastructure provider in the region,” he said. “Working with Nvidia, we aim to meet the significantly growing demand for accelerated computing infrastructure to support advanced AI models.”

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