May 13, 2018 – Amman, Jordan: Umniah was the platinum sponsor of the “Challenges in the Telecommunications Sector in Jordan” conference, which was held at the Grand Millennium Amman on May 13, 2018, and inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs Jamal Sarayrah. Minister of Information and Communications Technologies Majd Shweikeh attended, as well as representatives from the ICT sector and regional decision-makers from the both the private and public sectors. The conference, which was held for the first time in Jordan and organized by Al-Yasmeen Foundation, focused on highlighting the challenges facing the national communications sector, as well as finding solutions through roundtable discussions. The conference also showcased the achievements of the ICT sector and harnessed the knowledge of experts from regional and Arab startups, companies and organizations. Umniah CEO Ziad Shatara, who participated in a discussion panel entitled ” ICT in Education”, stressed the importance of education in achieving sustainable and comprehensive development. Shatara also spoke of Umniah’s conviction in the importance of investing in education, adding that its development through further endowments benefits the entire country in both the long and short terms, and will become an essential part of the government’s national strategy for the sector. He added that Umniah has been an avid supporter of educational initiatives, the most high-profile being the initiative to link the Ministry of Education and the Communications Committee of the Armed Forces-Arab Army electronically, which included connecting 2764 schools and associated entities (2652 schools, 43 directorates, and 69 administrative buildings). This project, which was implemented by Umniah’s technical staff, was the largest to be undertaken in Jordan. Shatara indicated that the project provided an internal communications network for the ministry, its directorates and affiliate schools using the voice-over-IP technology at no additional financial costs. Additionally, the project provided three-party video conferencing capabilities between the ministry, its directorates and its schools, which allows them to hold meetings, lectures and classes remotely, in addition to helping them prepare the necessary infrastructure for staging examinations electronically. Shatara went on to speak of Umniah’s successful role in the development of cognitive economy throughout the country. The company, which offers secure and high-speed Internet at high capacities free of charge to all the schools and directorates involved in the project, aims to allow the educational sector to benefit from online learning resources. This provides the country’s students with the tools to promote their excellence and creativity. Through the project, Umniah was able to connect over 1.5 million students and 80,000 teachers, allowing the ministry to save on communication costs by holding the meetings remotely through audio-visual system, as well as on the transportation costs that were incurred by the need for ministry employees traveling to governorates. The project was also able to present more efficient and rapid computer systems to the participating entities. Also at the conference, Umniah Business Solutions Marketing Manager Rifat Al-Jamal delivered a presentation on the company’s most important business solutions, all which ensure business continuity and the safeguarding of information security through an accredited data center in Amman that has acquired Tier III certification for design. The center offers the coverage of 99.98% of client servers, as well as a data protection service center that operates around the clock.
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