Mobily Achieves Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification

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GITEX, Dubai, UAE, 14th October 2014 – Mobily, the official brand name of Etihad Etisalat and a leading ICT provider service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced today that it has achieved the Cisco®Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification.

This certification recognizes Mobily as having the capabilities to sell and deliver cloud and managed services to help accelerate time to market and time to revenue. Additionally, the certification rewards partners for their expertise and investments for creating, selling and delivering cloud and managed services with financial incentives and go-to-market benefits in all countries of legal presence.

“Given our long standing strategic partnership with Cisco in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia we are delighted to receive Cisco's Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification. As a leader in providing integrated communications and IT services in the Kingdom, Mobily is continuously striving to keep abreast of technology developments in ICT to meet the needs of their customers, especially in light of a changing world in terms of the role of ICT and its uses,” commented Ismail AlGhamdi, Acting Chief Business Officer, Business Unit, Mobily.

“Cisco Managed Service Provider and Cisco Powered Cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) certification is one of the fundamental cornerstones that is contributing to Mobily strategy to create the first Cloud Computing and ICT Market Place in Middle East in partnership with leading IT industry players,” said Taher Aldabbagh, Executive General Manager Alliances, Mobily.

Zayan Sadek, Regional Sales Manager, Cisco Saudi Arabia, commented, “We value the commitment and expertise that Mobily demonstrated and look forward to continuing to build on our successful strategic partnership. We highly commend Mobily for achieving our Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification which is a key milestone in our Cloud and Managed Services Partner Program.”

Ali Amer, Client Executive, Sales for Cisco Middle East, commented, “This certification reflects Cisco's commitment to partner with global leaders to provide customers with the technologies and services they need. This can only be achieved through rigorous compliance to the stringent accreditation process and is a great example of Mobily extending its ability to deliver global solutions locally.”

The Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification is part of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program, focused on helping partners such as Mobily to envision, build, market, and sell cloud and managed services with business acceleration tools and services, sales training and the Cisco Cloud Marketplace to address the varied needs of its customers.

As a Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certified Partner, Mobily will offer at least one Cisco Powered service (either a managed or a cloud service with the Cisco Powered services designation), built on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework, and provide basic management capabilities that support Cisco technologies.

In addition, Mobily has achieved Cisco Powered services designations in (Cloud Services): Cisco Powered Cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

About Cisco Powered

Cisco Powered is establishing the industry standard for cloud and managed services. Based on validated architectures and end-to-end security, Cisco Powered services minimize technology lifecycle complexity to reduce cost and risk. To assure superior levels of service, security, and 24/7 support, Cisco partners offering Cisco Powered services must undergo a rigorous certification and third-party audit of their solutions. By using Cisco Powered services, organizations can achieve faster time-to-value, experience assured performance, leverage open standards with continuous innovation, and connect with confidence.

About Mobily

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) was established in 2004 by a consortium led by Etisalat, the UAE based telecom conglomerate. Mobily is the official brand name of Etihad Etisalat, renowned as the second mobile service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The awarded 25-Year telecommunication mobile license was complemented by a subsequent purchase of a 3G license. Mobily is the 1st Saudi communications company to get an operation license for 3rd generation services and beyond. In December 2004, Mobily was listed on Tadawul Stock Exchange. Today, Mobily equates to 40%+ market share of the mobile subscriptions in the Kingdom. In March 2008, Mobily was granted approval by CITC (Communication and Information Technology Commission) to acquire Bayanat al-Oula which was a licensed Data Service Provider for a price of SAR 1.5 Billion. And, in November 2008, Mobily acquired absolute majority stakes in Zajil, the leading Saudi ISP (Internet Service Provider).

Mobily owns the vast majority of shares in the Saudi National Fiber Network (SNFN) composed with 12,800 KM of structured fiber cable, panned into 7 fully protected rings covering 35 Saudi cities plus access to 60 major hub sites for telecommunications prime points of presence, and complimented with 20 inter-metropolis fiber loops in major Saudi cities. Furthermore, Mobily is a lead investor in prime global submarine cable projects that are expected to be operational in the near future. For more information visit:

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