Baghdad’s GSM network launched
France’s Alcatel and Orascom Telecom (OTH) have launched the first commercial GSM network in the Central region of Iraq including Baghdad, according to an OTH news release.
The contract is part of the Global Frame Agreement signed between OTH and Alcatel, further enhancing their ongoing relationship in the Middle East and Africa.
In the frame of the contract signed in September, Alcatel is one of the major suppliers of this new network. The first phase of the network installation started in October. OTH is hoping to reach one million subscribers in the first two years.
Alcatel is responsible for installation and commissioning of the network in addition to supporting the network operations. The new network based on Alcatel's Evolium solution, comprises a core Network Sub-System (NSS), including a Mobile Switching Center (MSC) as well as an Intelligent Network platform for value-added services and revenue-generating applications such as Voice Mail Service (VMS) and a Short Message Service Center (SMS-C).
The latest offspring of the Orascom Group of Companies, OTH has regional presence in GSM, Internet and satellite, technical management and telecom support services. Starting with MobiNil in Egypt, the company continued to expand its network to cover Algeria, Tunisia, Pakistan, Congo, Chad, Zimbabwe, DRC, Ivory Coast, and just recently acquired Iraq. — (menareport.com)
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