OSN and Huawei sign new IPTV partnership

Neil Martin, chief commercial officer from OSN, and Sun Xiaofeng, VP of Huawei Middle East.
Updated 09 September 2018

OSN and Huawei sign new IPTV partnership

Entertainment network OSN has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, to deliver a turnkey IPTV solution which enables telecom operators to offer a state-of-the-art TV experience alongside premium content. 

“This new collaboration with Huawei forms part of OSN’s digitization strategy to enhance product delivery, and ensure more potential OSN customers have access to the best TV experiences, by utilizing innovative technology. The partnership brings together OSN’s wide array of entertainment content and Huawei’s Video Cloud Solution, a regional first as the best of premium content and the best of platform technology are combined in one single end-to-end solution,” the companies said in a press release.

OSN’s premium channels offer viewers a broad choice of TV entertainment with popular series, sports and Hollywood, Bollywood and Arabic movies. In addition to this, OSN offers a Video On Demand (VOD) service, OSN Play, which encompasses 30,000 hours of content anywhere and on any device, and all of this will be even more accessible through Huawei’s Video Cloud Solution.

Huawei’s Video Cloud Solution — which currently serves more than 140 million subscribers worldwide — enables great user experience by optimizing interactivity as fast as 0.5 seconds for channel zapping, 0.7 seconds for user interface response and 0.9 seconds for video on demand loading. 

Neil Martin, chief commercial officer from OSN, said: “This partnership will enable telecom operators to deliver IPTV services to market faster, and capitalize on opportunities to maximize revenues as they acquire subscribers. We expect this solution to become an engine of growth for OSN, Huawei and the wider broadcast industry in this region as connectivity improves across the region.”

Sun Xiaofeng, VP of Huawei Middle East, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with OSN and we look forward to working together to bring the best content and viewing experiences to audiences in this region. The cloud offering to telecom operators will extremely minimize their risks and barriers of launching their own IPTV services as well as shorten the time to market by 80 percent. We hope this MoU will strengthen the digital video ecosystem in the region and we look forward to continuing to grow this industry in the Middle East.”


Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials.
Updated 15 September 2019

Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

Saudi hospitality company Dur Hospitality has launched a training academy specialized in hospitality disciplines. The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials, in addition to a group of notable local and international hospitality sector professionals.
Dur’s CEO highlighted the importance of the academy, which he said aims to equip local talents interested in working in this sector with the necessary skills and qualifications. He added that the academy’s goals also include training current Dur employees and equipping them with knowledge and applied skills that they require to succeed. He elaborated that the academy will operate over two phases, with the first seeking to fulfill the company’s requirements and ensuring its staff is qualified to execute its future expansion strategy ongoing till 2020, while the second phase will contribute toward supplying the local hotel service sector with qualified and capable national talents.
Al-Otaibi said the academy’s ultimate objective is to equip trainees with world-class skills and provide them with guidance from local and international sector leaders to help them achieve excellence.
The academy will present a number of training programs that aim to raise the qualification and skill level among trainees, which will eventually reflect positively on the Saudi hospitality sector. These programs will cover three main parts, where the first part will include programs on leadership and supervision and will last for 12 months. It will cater to internal supervision and front desk employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The second part will be dedicated to training new recruits and will last between three to six months. Likewise, it will include training front desk employees, internal supervision employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The third part of the program will include shorter development courses that last between one and five days. It will cover topics including central management for internal and external operations, hotel management, customer service, and health and safety.
Established in 1976, Dur Hospitality has extensive record in managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the Kingdom.