Motorola inks deal with SabaFon to increase GSM range in Yemen

Motorola has signed an agreement with SabaFon, the leading GSM network operator in Yemen, to increase the coverage range and capacity of the operator’s GSM network

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By  Published  December 3, 2006

Motorola has signed an agreement with SabaFon, the leading GSM network operator in Yemen, to increase the coverage range and capacity of the operator’s GSM network.

The network expansion initiative, which uses a Motorola Reach GSM solution, will expand SabaFon’s reach in both the northern and southern regions of the country.

Penetration of telecommunications in Yemen is gradually increasing as the modernisation programmes implemented by the government come to fruition. Mobile subscription rates are also rapidly increasing, according to Motorola.

SabaFon has been operating in Yemen since 2001 and has been working with Motorola since its launch.
SabaFon now provides GSM coverage for 85% of Yemen’s population.

Sheikh Hameed Al Ahmar, chairman of SabaFon said the firm was “extremely satisfied” with Motorola’s performance.

“We are committed to growing the company in a cohesive and structured manner. This required significant investment in network infrastructure this year and we have clearly demonstrated our commitment to achieve our goal to remain the leading provider of GSM services to our growing customer base in Yemen,” said Tarik Al-Haidary, CEO of SabaFon.

“We are enormously proud of our achievements to date and are delighted by the support provided by our key suppliers such as Motorola,” he added.

“Yemen is a strategic market for Motorola in terms of our regional and global strategy to ‘connect the unconnected’ and boost economic development in emerging geographies,” said Ali Amer, senior director of sales, Motorola Networks and Enterprise, Middle East North Africa and Pakistan (MENAPAK).

“Research has shown that increasing the number of mobile subscribers in developing markets can have a measurable impact on a country’s GDP, and GSM network expansions projects like SabaFon’s directly benefit consumers through enhanced connectivity.”

SabaFon is owned by a consortium consisting of The Al-Ahmar Group, a holding entity in Yemen; CCIC, one of the leading international construction companies worldwide; and Iran Foreign Investment Company, one of the largest foreign investment companies in Iran.

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