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Virgin Mobile Saudi partners with Hitek to develop smart cities in Kingdom

Regional technology services company Hitek, part of the Farnek group of companies, has signed a joint venture partnership with Virgin Mobile Saudi, a Beyond ONE group company, as the preferred technology partner to enable a joint strategic approach to developing smart cities in Saudi Arabia.

With smart cities relying heavily on connectivity, Virgin Mobile Saudi, in conjunction with local providers, will be responsible for advanced telecommunications solutions, including 5G networks, digital services and enablement.

Yaarob Al-Sayegh, CEO of Virgin Mobile Saudi, said: “At Virgin Mobile, we believe in the transformative power of technology to create smarter, more sustainable cities. Our partnership with Hitek marks a significant step toward realizing this vision in Saudi Arabia.”

He added: “By leveraging Hitek’s expertise in digital solutions and our capabilities in telecommunications, we aim to build robust infrastructure that will not only enhance connectivity but also enable the seamless integration of cutting-edge technologies like AI and IoT. Together, we are committed to developing innovative solutions that will improve the quality of life for residents and drive economic growth across the region.”

With the communications infrastructure in place, Hitek can employ a comprehensive suite of digital solutions to optimize waste, water and energy management, environmental monitoring, citizen engagement, retail and hospitality, data analytics and AI integration, smart transportation, real estate and urban development as well as education technology.

Javeria Aijaz, managing director of Hitek, said: “Through this ground-up partnership with Virgin Mobile Saudi, we can deliver an advanced, bespoke all-inclusive, intelligent and analytical digital platform, connecting people, assets and spaces.”

She added: “By utilizing IoT-enabled building management systems, machine learning and cloud and AI-based technologies, FM operations management will have a 360-degree overview of all facilities, 24/7, from a dedicated and centralized platform, enhancing efficiency, welfare and sustainability.”
Initially, the agreement will cover smart building solutions for potential projects in Saudi Arabia.