ZainTech partners with Atos to provide innovative transformation solutions to enterprises in the MENA region

• Partnership to leverage the power of Atos’ technology leadership with ZainTech’s geographic footprint and expertise
• ZainTech’s strategy for enterprise customers centers on protecting digital assets, enhancing operational efficiency, and accelerating customized digital transformations

Kuwait City, Kuwait and Paris, France – 13 June, 2022

ZainTech, the digital and ICT solutions arm of Zain Group, has entered into a partnership agreement with Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, to address the evolving needs of the B2B market across the Zain operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region starting with Kuwait.

ZainTech’s deep relationships with enterprises and government entities across the region coupled with Atos’ leading product and services portfolio will deliver best-in-class support to customers regionally.

The partnership will bring businesses, government and communities across the MENA region state-of-the-art managed cybersecurity solutions to proactively hunt, monitor, contain, and respond to threats 24/7. In addition, ZainTech and Atos will offer cloud expertise and solutions to help businesses accelerate digital transformation and deliver innovative and disruptive industry-specific digital technologies. The agreement also sees ZainTech provide Atos Computer Vision Platform, a unique end-to-end video analytics platform enabled by AI providing pre-trained & customizable AI models, powered by BullSequana server range and enriched by Atos computer vision experts through worldwide experts labs.

Combining the expertise of Atos and ZainTech, organizations will be able to create immersive digital experiences that fully exercise 5G environments on the edge of their networks, representing the next breakthrough in business value.

Commenting on the partnership agreement, Andrew Hanna, ZainTech CEO said, “Our mission at ZainTech is to provide globally vetted best-in-class services and products to our highly sophisticated and growing customer base. This partnership highlights our belief that collaborating with leading players drives the best outcomes for all stakeholders. Atos’ wealth of experience and cutting edge solutions will be of tremendous benefit to our enterprise customers across the Middle East.”

Jean-Claude Geha, Head of Telecom, Media & Technology Industry at Atos commented, “We are very eager to leverage our digital assets and portfolio to assist ZainTech in the enterprise market of the MENA Region. By combining a regional footprint with cutting-edge solutions we create a strong foundation for the Atos and ZainTech partnership to engage in joint business in the MENA Region. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with our esteemed partner.”

IT spending in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is forecast to total US$1.7 billion in 2022, an increase of 2.6% from 2021, according to a recent forecast by Gartner.

In 2022, digital transformation projects are set to continue to advance, underpinned by country visions in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the rapid and ongoing shift of GCC countries from oil-exporting economies to knowledge-based ones.

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About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 111,000 employees and annual revenue of c. € 11 billion. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high-performance computing, the Group provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to a secure and decarbonized digital for its clients. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on Euronext Paris and included in the CAC 40 ESG and Next 20 Paris Stock indexes.

The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.

About ZainTech

ZainTech is the regional Digital & ICT solutions powerhouse of Zain Group unifying the Group’s ICT assets to offer a unique value proposition of comprehensive digital solutions and services under one roof.

The company is positioned to drive transformation of enterprise and government customers in the MENA region by providing a center of excellence and managed solutions, across multiple ICT verticals including cloud, cybersecurity, big data, IoT, AI, smart cities, drones, and emerging technologies.

ZainTech leverages Zain’s global reach, unique regional footprint, and infrastructure across its operations in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates as well as in other key markets in the Middle East.

ZainTech forms a key pillar in the evolution of Zain’s core telecom business to maximize value and building on the company’s many strengths to selectively create and invest in growth verticals beyond standard mobile services. This ultimately serves to support Zain’s vision of becoming a leading ICT and digital lifestyle provider.