Smart cities, Kuwait, New Kuwait 2035, Kuwait vision, Technology, Internet of Things, IoT

Kuwait reveals tech strategy behind its 2035 smart city vision

Fibre optic networks, a key technology in the telecommunications sector, is an “essential part” of the smart cities strategy being developed as part of the New Kuwait 2035 economic diversification vision.

Aimed at linking Kuwaiti residences and public and private entities, the GCC country’s Ministry of Communications is installing fibre optic networks in a three-phase programme, reported Construction Week. At present, around 122 homes have been deployed the technology as part of Phases 1 and 2, with future plans including an expansion by 120 homes from various governorates in Kuwait.

Director general of Kuwait’s Central Agency for Information Technology, Qusai Al-Shatti, told the country’s state-held Kuna that fibre optics technology was an important tool to measure economic success, describing it as “vital” to the roll-out of internet of things (IoT) systems.

IoT is a key element of the New Kuwait 2035 vision, and Al-Shatti said fibre optics would be “the door to carry out such an ambitious plan”, according to Kuna’s report.

The Kuwaiti government has spent billions of dollars to date on projects that will help it achieve the goals of New Kuwait 2035, a seven-pillar programme that aims to secure the Arab country’s future through economic sustainability. As part of the push for Vision 2035, as the programme is also dubbed, smart city-led contracts will have to be developed in the country’s building sector, experts said at Construction Week’s Leaders in Construction Kuwait 2018 summit last October.