November 29, 2021 ⟵ BACK

EBTIC Phase 3 Signing Ceremony

His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, today signed an AED100-million funding agreement for EBTICs Phase 3, with the other founders, Etisalat, and BT (UK). EBTIC is also supported by the UAE’s ICT Fund. His Highness Sheikh Hamed also lauded the founding partners of EBTIC on the signing of the historic AED100-million funding agreement and urged them to continue their efforts on innovation of new technologies and solutions. The funding agreement for EBTIC, signed by the partners, will finance its future operations.

Prior to the signing ceremony, a technology showcase was held that presented a selection of more recent projects EBTIC has delivered for it's partners and UAE Government entities, as well as demos of projects EBTIC has or is planning to spin off into start-ups.

Commenting on the EBTIC funding agreement, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President at the Khalifa University of Science Technology said: “Over the years EBTIC has demonstrated its innovative strength and initiated advanced technology projects for partners and stakeholders. We feel privileged to work with our partners, and believe the Phase 3 funding will further facilitate future innovations, encourage technology startups, and provide a platform for emerging technologies to grow.”

Saleh Sayed Ahmed, Vice-President, Digital Services and Customer Experience Division of Technology, Etisalat and a Senior Management Board member of EBTIC, said: "Etisalat is delighted to support EBTIC in driving advanced intelligent systems technologies’ innovation for the Next Generation Networks (NGNs) and NGN-enabled ICT applications and services. As a pioneer in 5G and a great enabler of technologies, Etisalat has always embraced the latest technologies through its strategy of 'Driving the digital future to empower societies'. We look forward to strengthening our relations with EBTIC and contributing to the next level of development by playing a greater role in the digital lives of researchers, consumers and enterprises."

Paul O’Brien, AI, Service, Security and Operations Research Director, Applied Research, BT, said: “We’re delighted to continue BT’s involvement in EBTIC for its third phase of operations. EBTIC has proved to be a very successful joint initiative with our close partners, Etisalat and Khalifa University. BT has a long-standing commitment to the Middle East and we’re pleased to continue to build the richness and diversity of BT’s research and innovation capabilities in the region. We look forward to another five years where we are sure EBTIC will continue to go from strength to strength.