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Ooredoo Joins MIT Media Lab for ICT Innovation

Ooredoo has announced a new collaboration with MIT Media Lab in a bid to drive cutting-edge ICT innovation and research, the firm said.

Ooredoo joined MIT Media Lab as a Consortium Lab Member. Since 1985, the MIT Media Lab has pioneered some unconventional research in the ICT sector.

Ross Cormack,  CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar, said: “ICT is rapidly converging, and our customers in emerging markets are quickly adopting mobile devices and integrating ICT into every aspect of their daily lives.

“By joining the MIT Media Lab, we will be able to leverage innovative research from one of the world’s leading institutes to deliver disruptive innovations and new life-enhancing products and services our customers. 

He said Ooredoo will work with the MIT Media Lab in facilitating and supporting the development of a larger innovation ecosystem in Southeast Asia.

Through its work with the research laboratory, Ooredoo will look to amplify innovative thinking developed in the MIT Media Lab, engage with researchers, and access member events to view new MIT research, the telecoms firm said.

It will also increase its efforts to share intellectual property rights on technology developed through the collaboration, it added.

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, said: “We welcome Ooredoo as a member of the MIT Media Lab and look forward to collaborating on innovative technologies that have the potential to impact millions of people around the world.

In recent years, Ooredoo has supported initiatives to develop a new generation of solar-powered compact base stations and launched some mobile value-added services such as mobile money and mobile health

The MIT Media Lab counts more than 70 global members across the fields of electronics, entertainment, health, and telecommunications. Faculty, research staff, and students work across 25 research groups on more than 350 projects including innovative digital interfaces, holographic TV, robotics, femto-photography and innovative modes of transportation for sustainable cities.

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