Alarab TV chooses BT to build it infrastructure
BT’s global expertise and local capabilities to enable Alarab News Channel to bring new content to viewers in the Middle East.
BT today announced its collaboration with Alarab News Channel to help the newly established television station build its IT infrastructure and optimise it for delivery of innovative services to viewers across the region.
The end to end IT solution will be delivered by BT Advise teams of professional services and consultancy specialists and includes servers, local network and storage, unified communications with IP telephony and a complete network security solution.
Alarab News Channel is a privately owned television channel due to go live before end of year. Its stated aim is to bring a new style of news programming, designed to give a new generation of news watchers what they need. Alarab aims to bring its viewers news from around the world which impacts their lives. Based in Bahrain, the all-Arabic channel will include extensive news programming as well as regular news roundups, travel and business information.
BT Advise is the professional services arm of BT and brings together more than 4,000 experts who deliver consulting, systems integration and managed services to customers around the world. In order to help maximise the success of Alarab’s big launch and its future expansion, BT Advise teams will apply industry leading processes and methodologies and draw on core capabilities in the fields of IT services, managed network services, unified communications and security.
Jamal Khashoggi, editor-in-chief and general manager, Alarab News Channel, said: “As a new TV channel, we are committed to offer a broad news agenda covering a wide range of stories in depth, from the Gulf region and the rest of the world. This partnership with BT will allow us to complete our transformational IT infrastructure journey and make a full use of technology to help us expand our presence in the region and globally.”
Wael El Kabbany, managing director, Middle East and North Africa, BT Global Services, said: “In order to connect viewers in the Middle East to the rest of world and meet its strategic ambitions, Alarab requires an IT infrastructure that is robust and able to grow as their business grows. Leveraging our global expertise in the media and broadcast field and mobilising our local teams of BT Advise specialists, we are aiming at delivering a secure, flexible, scalable, function rich and highly available environment that will allow them to use technology creatively and deliver great outcomes.”
Alarab News Channel, a privately owned television channel due to go live before end of year, brings a brand new style of news programming, designed to give a new generation of news watchers what they need. Alarab aims to bring its viewers news from around the world which impacts their lives. Based in Bahrain, the all-Arabic channel will include extensive news programming as well as regular news roundups, travel and the channel’s deal with Bloomberg will enable it to bring business people the very latest information they need.