Nvidia to debut in Middle East in response to US restrictions on AI exports to area, Ooredoo CEO states

Nvidia to debut in Middle East in response to US restrictions on AI exports to area, Ooredoo CEO states
Nvidia to debut in Middle East in response to US restrictions on AI exports to area, Ooredoo CEO states

Nvidia has signed a deal to employ its artificial intelligence technology at data centers owned by the Qatari telecom giant Ooredoo in five Middle Eastern countries, according to the CEO of Ooredoo.

With this arrangement, Nvidia will launch on a larger scale for the first time in a region where Washington has restricted the export of advanced American chips in order to prevent Chinese companies from utilizing the Middle East as a backdoor to obtain the newest artificial intelligence technology.

According to a statement from Ooredoo, this will make it the first business in the region to offer direct access to Nvidia’s artificial intelligence and graphics processing technologies to customers of its data centers in Qatar, Algeria, Tunisia, Oman, Kuwait, and the Maldives. According to Ronnie Vasishta, senior vice president of telecom at Nvidia, Ooredoo will be able to assist its clients in deploying generative AI applications more effectively thanks to the technology.

In an interview, Ooredoo CEO Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo stated, “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 contract was signed on June 19 on the fringes of the TM Forum in Copenhagen, but the firms did not reveal its worth. Additionally, Ooredoo declined to comment on the specific Nvidia technology it planned to put in its data centers, citing availability and client demand as factors.

Washington restricts the company’s most advanced semiconductor exports but permits the transfer of some Nvidia technology to the Middle East. According to Fakhroo, Ooredoo intends to nearly treble its present 40 megawatt capacity by the end of the decade and is investing $1 billion to increase it by an additional 20 to 25 megawatts. After making a similar move to establish the largest tower firm in the Middle East last year through an agreement with Zain of Kuwait and TASC Towers Holding of Dubai, the corporation has now divided its data centers into a distinct entity.

Additionally, according to Fakhroo, Ooredoo intends to split off its fiber network and underwater cables into a distinct business.

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