Wednesday, 26 October 2011

mcel upgrades mobile broadband network with Ericsson

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been chosen as preferred supplier by leading Mozambican operator mcel to upgrade and expand its existing 3G radio network in Maputo, Mozambique's capital city, using the latest Ericsson technology. This includes the RBS 6000, which earlier this year was used in setting the record for the fastest internet in the world.

This contract builds on Ericsson's longstanding relationship with mcel and comes on the heels of a recently completed upgrade of mcel's 3G core network by Ericsson. The network upgrade will enable mcel to provide high-speed mobile broadband which can deliver video and web application services, thereby offering their subscribers a superior user experience.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will deploy its industry leading core network solutions as well as its multi-standard base station RBS 6000, supporting GSM/EDGE, 3G (WCDMA/HSPA) and 4G (LTE). The core network solutions include Ericsson's Mobile Softswitch Solution and Ericsson SmartEdge-based Mobile Packet Backbone Network (MPBN) solution which efficiently handle the take off of voice and data.

mcel, the premier operator in Mozambique, started operations in 1997 and now has more than 4.3 million customers and the most extensive network in the country - covering 65% of the geographical area, and 75% of the population.

Published reports show that mobile penetration in Mozambique is mostly in cities, and currently sits at around 35%, while internet penetration is less than 5% with 0.1% having access to broadband1. However there is growing demand for high-speed broadband beyond urban areas.

mcel recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Mozambique's Science and Technology Ministry, to roll out community multimedia centers in rural areas. Based on this understanding, mcel will provide internet access to six Mozambican districts.

mcel CEO Mamudo Ibraimo says: "As Mozambique's premier operator, we view our services as an enabler of socioeconomic development and long-term prosperity. We continue to drive the growth and evolution of mobile telephony here through continued expansion, value-oriented innovation and a focus on the delivery of an excellent customer experience.

"Our partnership with Ericsson positions us well to secure our premier position and continued growth in this market," he concluded.

Lars Lindén, Head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, says: "mcel's new network will cater to the exceptional traffic growth they expect in the near future. With improved network signalling and transmission capacity from Ericsson, we are committed to ensuring the quality of service mcel delivers to its subscribers."

Monday, 24 October 2011

Telecoms World Middle East Awards: Nokia Siemens Networks named “Best Vendor"

Telecoms World Middle East Awards: Nokia Siemens Networks named “Best Vendor”

Nokia Siemens Networks was named “Best Vendor” at the Telecoms World Middle East Awards, on October 5, 2011 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, UAE. The awards are designed to identify and reward companies that have positively contributed to the development of telecoms in the Middle East.

“We are honored to receive this award and pleased that our efforts have been appreciated by the industry,” said Igor Leprince, head of the Middle East region at Nokia Siemens Networks. “The award is testament to Nokia Siemens Networks’ commitment to the Middle East market, with an expanding network of customers across the region. We provide our customers with optimum network efficiency while helping them create individual user experiences that lead to stronger, longer lasting and more profitable customer relationships.”

Nokia Siemens Networks was named the winner by an independent jury, with the key criterion being that the recipient have “an outstanding portfolio of innovative products, which has positively impacted the telecoms market in the region.” Other considerations included the quality of service delivered, strong business acumen and future scope for development.

With more than 50 active customers in the region, Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading telecoms vendor across the Middle East with a particular strength in mobile broadband and LTE. Eight operators in the Middle East use Nokia Siemens Networks’ charging and prepaid solution based on charge@once, serving more than 50 million subscribers, and seventy-five per cent of all mobile operators in the region use the company’s NetAct OSS solutions to optimize their networks. Nokia Siemens Networks is also the first vendor to sign a commercial LTE deal in the Middle East region.

Smart co-operative (Bahrain)

Batelco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korea Telecom to explore projects targeting Smart Cities services in Bahrain. Both will exploring services such as smart economy; smart mobility; smart environment; smart living; and smart governance utilising the latest set of Information and Telecommunications technologies. Batelco Chief Executive Bahrain Rashid Abdulla and Korea Telecom Executive Vice President & Head of Global Enterprise Sales Department Sang Wook Kim signed the deal.