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Nvidia expands to Middle East, partners with Qatar’s Ooredoo to offer AI-powered GPU-as-a-Service

Nvidia, the leading AI chip manufacturer, is expanding to the Middle East & North Africa through a new partnership with Qatari telecom giant Ooredoo. The terms of the partnership were not disclosed but it will see Nvidia’s advanced AI technology deployed across Ooredoo’s data centers in Qatar, Algeria, Tunisia, Oman, Kuwait, and the Maldives.

The deal marks Nvidia’s first major expansion in the region, providing local businesses and governments with direct access to its highly demanded AI and graphics processing technology. Ooredoo plans to install thousands of Nvidia Tensor Core GPUs in its data centers, enabling customers to leverage state-of-the-art AI tools, including generative AI capabilities.

Ooredoo is building an AI-ready platform using Nvidia’s technology across systems, software, and services. The platform will allow governments, businesses, and startups to “securely process their private datasets as well as produce valuable insights as tokens that power innovations for its users,” noted a statement by the Qatari firm.

The telecom company will offer GPU-as-a-Service, giving customers on-demand access to advanced AI tools, including generative AI technology.

Ronnie Vasishta, Senior Vice President, Telecom, of Nvidia, said, “As a trusted regional telecommunications provider, Ooredoo Group combines deep enterprise and consumer relationships with the ability to invest in and deploy AI infrastructure and services. 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.”

Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo, Group CEO of Ooredoo, 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 digitalization and innovation as the leading digital infrastructure provider in the region. Working with Nvidia, we aim to meet the significantly growing demand for accelerated computing infrastructure to support advanced AI models.”

“Our B2B clients, thanks to this agreement, will have access to services that probably their competitors (won’t) for another 18 to 24 months.” the executive told Reuters adding that they’re investing $1 billion to boost its regional data center capacity, planning to nearly triple its current capacity by the end of the decade.

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