Nokia has won a managed services and 3G/HSPA network deal with mobily, a brand of Etihad Etisalat Company (EEC), in Saudi Arabia. The contract marks a new customer for Nokia in an important growth market, and highlights Nokia’s leadership in supplying and managing superior networks infrastructure.
Under the agreement, Nokia will provide as a managed service (build-operate-transfer) network optimization, operation and maintenance, care and hardware services and training. In addition, Nokia will provide installation, commissioning, integration, project management, network planning. The network will be supported by the multi-vendor proven Nokia NetAct™ network and service management system.
Nokia will supply its 3G radio and core network technology, including the Nokia High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) solution, and Nokia UltraSite base station subsystem to help keep the cost of ownership and operation of the network to a minimum, allowing services to be priced competitively. Nokia will also deliver its MSC Server mobile softswitch and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) for fixed and mobile solution from its Unified Core Networks portfolio to provide mobily with a high capacity and cost-effective means to provide voice and IP-based services. The deliveries have already started and the network should be operational in July.
“We are excited to extend our mobile service offering to fast and high-quality 3G and HSDPA services. Our customers will be able to enjoy fast music downloads and mobile Internet access,” says Eng. Abdul aziz Al-Tamami, Chief Operating Officer, Mobily. "We chose Nokia - among other vendors - to supply and manage their cutting edge 3G/HSDPA network because we are confident that Nokia's solutions will help us to respond to customer requirements in the increasingly competitive Saudi market. We are extremely pleased with Nokia’s fast network roll-out and comprehensive services support."
"Nokia is strongly committed to the Middle East and Africa markets and it is our pleasure to extend that commitment to our cooperation with mobily in Saudi Arabia," said Walid Moneimne, Senior Vice President, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa region, Networks, Nokia. “Nokia’s solutions and services will let mobily develop its service offering to meet the growing demand for access to information, services and entertainment easier and faster than before, on the go.”
Nokia estimates the number of mobile subscribers to grow to three billion in 2008, and around 80 percent of this growth will come from fast-growing markets such as Saudi Arabia. Nokia expects that Middle-East and Africa will account for 20 percent of the next billion subscribers.
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