LogicaCMG to send messages across Iraq

The US$3.14 billion, LogicaCMG has signed a deal to provide an all-IP messaging solution, which includes a Short Messaging Service Centre (SMSC) to Atheer Telecommunications in southern Iraq.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  March 8, 2004

The US$3.14 billion, LogicaCMG has announced it has been chosen to provide an all-IP next generation messaging solution, which includes a Short Messaging Service Centre (SMSC), to Atheer Telecommunications in southern Iraq. LogicaCMG now supplies messaging services to two of the three GSM service providers in Iraq. Under the terms of the agreement Atheer will deploy LogicaCMG's messaging infrastructure enabling it to offer high quality messaging services, starting with Short Messaging Services (SMS), with its GSM services launch yesterday. Atheer Telecommunications, part of the MTC group of companies, one of the largest mobile operators in the Middle East, is a consortium of MTC and DTC. LogicaCMG will offer an internet protocol (IP) based messaging architecture, which combines, advanced messaging services such as SMS and MMS with state of the art voice messaging services based on its uOne suite. In the future, Atheer plans to introduce messaging services such as instant messaging and TV voting using the new system. “Iraq is set to be one of the fastest growing mobile markets as its infrastructure is rebuilt. It's a very exciting time as we are here at the inception of mobile services in Iraq, and it's great to extend our relationship with MTC Kuwait in the Middle East; and starting a relationship with Atheer in Iraq,” says Bhanu Sud, director and general Manager, LogicaCMG Wireless Networks, MENA. LogicaCMG was formed in December 2002, through the merger of Logica and CMG. The telecom messaging and payment provider, reportedly delivers two out of every three text messages to 250 mobile operators in over 70 countries. The company also delivers one out of four multimedia messaging systems (MMS) to more than 85 million subscribers worldwide. “The deal with LogicaCMG signals the beginning of an incredible time here. We are going to see significant growth in mobile communications in Iraq over the next few years, as key mobile services are delivered to corporate and individual users through the use of LogicaCMG's technology,” says Khaled Al-Omar, project director of Atheer. Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) provides mobile services in Southern Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan through its partnership with Vodafone and Jordan’s Fastlink. In October 2003, MTC was selected as managing operator of Atheer Telecoms to deploy the network and mobile services in Southern Iraq, which went live this week.

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