AI and Big Data Take the Centre Stage in Central Asia at Beetech 2024 Hosted by Beeline Kazakhstan and QazCode

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 1000 Kazakh and international delegates participate in the annual conference, discussing artificial intelligence, big data analytics and app development in the region

Amsterdam and Astana, 6 May 2024VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a global digital operator that provides converged connectivity and online services, announces that its digital operator Beeline Kazakhstan together with IT subsidiary QazCode, one of the country’s largest software firms, have hosted the 2024 Beetech Conference in Astana to discuss the future of AI, big data and application development. 

Attended by more than 1,000 delegates, the Beetech conference in Astana heard from over 30 experts and speakers from various global companies, including NVIDIA and Booking.com, as well as local technology entrepreneurs and academics.  Delegates were also presented with success stories from Beeline Kazakhstan’s own development of digital services across entertainment and banking, including the work of its IT subsidiary QazCode. 

“Kazakhstan is a burgeoning global centre for technology development and Beetech brings together this highly skilled community, including the representatives of global technology companies” explains Oleksii Sharavar, CEO of QazCode. “Beetech also strives to showcase the ground-breaking AI work being done by our own teams and by the ecosystem in Kazakhstan in developing local language models and creating locally relevant use cases for AI.”

It was also announced at Beetech 2024 that QazCode will create the first GPU cloud in Central Asia for the development of AI products based on NVIDIA technology. The creation of this cloud will allow QazCode to provide access to advanced AI solutions to both local and international clients through the first dedicated AI datacentre in Kazakhstan.

Now in its fourth year, the Beetech Conference is an annual event for IT professionals in Kazakhstan to address key issues in software development. Organised by Beeline Kazakhstan and QazCode, the 2024 conference involved over 1000 participants across product development teams, scrum participants, programmers, quality engineers, security experts, analysts and data analytics professionals, with thousands more viewing the event online. 

Launched in 2023, QazCode is a new IT company that focusses on developing digital products for both Kazakhstan and worldwide markets with specialisation in software development, big data, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. With over 600 developers, the QazCode team is responsible for creating more than 60 external and internal Beeline Kazakhstan products that are used by millions of people across the country.  This includes innovative services like the My Beeline superapp, neobank Simply, music streaming sensation BeeTV.

About VEON VEON is a digital operator that provides converged connectivity and digital services to nearly 160 million customers.  Operating across six countries that are home to more than 7% of the world’s population, VEON is transforming lives through technology-driven services that empower individuals and drive economic growth.  Headquartered in Amsterdam, VEON is listed on NASDAQ and Euronext. For more information visit: www.veon.com

Disclaimer  This release contains “forward-looking statements”, as the phrase is defined in Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and include statements relating to, among other things, VEON’s digital products, commercial plans and partnerships. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which VEON cannot predict with accuracy and some of which VEON might not even anticipate. The forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of the date of this release. VEON does not undertake to publicly update, except as required by U.S. federal securities laws, any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after such dates or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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VEON   Hande Asik  Group Director of Communication  pr@veon.com

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