NSN: WiMax trials underway in ME

Nokia Siemens Networks is looking to begin implementing WiMax in the region within the next couple of years, the company announced last week.

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By  Administrator Published  April 12, 2007

Nokia Siemens Networks is looking to begin implementing WiMax in the region within the next couple of years, the company announced last week.

The firm, a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens, said it has already started running trials and pilots in several countries in the Middle East.

Although Nokia Siemens Networks would not disclose which organisations it was working with on the trials, it did reveal it was in discussions on WiMax offerings with UAE operators Etisalat and du.

Simon Beresford-Wylie, the CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks, said the Middle East represented a big opportunity for the company.

"The Middle East is a huge and exciting market for us with great potential. The region has around 304 million subscribers and this is expected to touch 576 million by 2010. It also presents a huge diversity of usage patterns across countries in penetration levels and average revenue per user (ARPU)," he said.

Nokia Networks Business Group and Siemens Networks first announced their intention to merge into a 50-50 joint venture in June, 2006. The companies said at the time they aim to achieve estimated cost savings of US$2 billion annually by 2010.

Nokia Siemens Networks has five product business units: Radio Access, Broadband Access, Service Core and Applications, IP/Transport and Operations Support Systems.

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