Korek Telecom upgrades WCDMA core network with new Ericsson platforms

Press release
Published September 28th, 2016 - 07:55 GMT
Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and East Africa
Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and East Africa

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is helping Korek Telecom transform and expand its WCDMA core network in Iraq. The scope of the project includes the implementation of the latest Ericsson MkX platform for the SGSN as well as Ericsson’s market-leading GGSN platform. The capacity and scalability of the upgraded WCDMA core network makes it possible for Korek Telecom to accommodate the predicted strong growth in traffic and paves the way for a future introduction of LTE.

Muhsin Akrawi, acting CTIO, Korek Telecom, says: “We join with our long-term partner Ericsson to ensure the future of connectivity in Iraq and we look forward to continue offering our subscribers the best network capabilities for the years to come.”

The Ericsson MkX platform for the SGSN is implemented for the first time in the Middle-East through the Korek Telecom project, making it an important milestone for Ericsson in the region.

"This contract demonstrates Ericsson's leadership in technology and services in Iraq and further extends our long-standing relationship with Korek Telecom. Ericsson's SGSN platform will enable Korek to deliver unique experiences for people, businesses and society, thus shaping and accelerating the Networked Society in Iraq." Says Rafiah Ibrahim, Ericsson’s Head of Middle East and Africa.

The proven functionality of the Ericsson MkX platform for the SGSN builds on the Ericsson Blade System and extends the capabilities to meet even the most aggressive traffic growth predictions. It provides superior scalability, supporting up to 36 million users per node and up to 2300 million users when deployed in a pooled configuration. The small physical size (0.24 square meters) and the low power consumption reduce the total cost of ownership as well as the carbon footprint.

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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services.

The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Working in 175 countries, more than 80,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 206.5 billion (USD 27.1 billion) in 2009. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

Ericsson has been present in the Middle East for more than 150 years. Ericsson has during these years been working closely with the operators on creating, developing and growing the telecom market in the region.

Ericsson has activities and operations in all 22 countries in Middle East and offices in 20 (Yemen and Afghanistan exceptions). It employs around 5,000 employees. Today it does business with more than 36 operators in the region.

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