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Potevio prepares show debut

New Middle East-China telecommunications and networking joint venture prepares to make massive market debut at inaugural GulfComms 2006.

Potevio MENA is preparing to launch its end-to-end networking, telecommunications and consumer systems in the Middle East, and hopes to make a major impact at GulfComms 2006.

The company is a joint venture by Potevio — formerly China Putian — a state-owned Chinese vendor, and Saudi investors. After signing a deal in 2005 to bring Potevio to the Middle East and North Africa, the team has been preparing the company’s offerings, ahead of the GulfComms launch.

“The Potevio deal goes back to looking for a partner who could offer the products and hardware for networking and IT,” says Abdullah Abdulaziz Sulaiman Al Mugairin, chairman of Al Mugairin International, and a member of the Potevio MENA board.

“In our search we reached Potevio, as China’s companies have now started to expand outside the country and into the rest of the world,” he adds.

The Chinese vendor has product lines covering the entire range of service provider and enterprise networking needs. Potevio is also a major player in the OEM space, producing handsets for global vendors such as Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

“Of every nine phones produced worldwide, three are produced in China; of those three, Potevio produces around 1.2,” says Dr. Alie Hussein Saad, CEO of Potevio MENA.

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