Wataniya picks Ericsson to upgrade network
Kuwait, March 12, 2013
Wataniya Telecom, a leading mobile telecom operator in Kuwait, and Ericsson have signed an agreement that will see Ericsson transform Wataniya Telecom’s network with an upgraded radio access network.
The transformation will allow higher network speeds while meeting the growing demand for 3G services and also accelerate the delivery of rich, advanced voice, data and multimedia services to Wataniya’s subscribers and prepare the network for future mobile-data growth created by the strong uptake of smartphones and other handheld data-enabled devices.
Bassam Hannoun, CEO, Wataniya Telecom, said: “Wataniya has always been a customer-driven company that provides product and service excellence. We have also been a driving force in mobile penetration growth in Kuwait and are always looking for innovative ways to enhance our subscribers’ experience.”
“Ericsson is a long standing and trusted partner for Wataniya and we are certain that together we will continue to offer the best possible customer experience to our subscribers.”
With the new contract, Ericsson will expand its relationship with Wataniya Telecom by transforming existing 2G and 3G networks, as well as adding WCDMA/HSPA capability on 900MHz and LTE capability on the 1800MHz band.
Anders Lindblad, president of Ericsson Region Middle East, said: “By transforming the network with Ericsson’s latest technology and innovation, Wataniya is demonstrating how simple it is for operators to upgrade their existing infrastructure effectively, while continuing to deliver the best customer experience. This latest cooperation strengthens our partnership with Wataniya Telecom and enables us to work together towards the development of a networked society in Kuwait.”
Under this contract, Ericsson will also provide optimization services, O&M support services, spare parts management, customer support and training.
Ericsson has established a successful relationship with Wataniya Telecom over the past few years, as the operator has worked with the company on a number of partnerships. These include a network-wide upgrade to the company's GSM infrastructure and an upgrade to the telecom operator’s charging and billing system. – TradeArabia News Service