Motorola secures major EDGE contract in Kuwait

The US$27.1 billion Motorola has secured a major contract to deploy its first commercial Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE) network in Kuwait for MTC. The contract will allow MTC to provide advanced services such as multimedia streaming, mobile internet and MMS to its one million subscribers.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  August 8, 2004

The US$27.1 billion Motorola has secured a major contract to deploy its first commercial Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE) in Kuwait for the Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC). The contract will allow MTC to provide advanced, high-speed mobile services such as audio and video streaming, mobile web browsing and multimedia messaging to its one million wireless subscribers across the country. “This EDGE contract in Kuwait represents a landmark for Motorola in EMEA and demonstrates our ability to provide operators with the right mobile data solutions for their market as they migrate to next generation networks and services,” says Jeff Cherif, vice president, Motorola and general manager for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region for Motorola. “It is especially important for operators in the Middle East to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive market and EDGE allows them to capitalise on the growth opportunities enhanced data rates will provide,” adds Cherif. “With EDGE, we can boost data performance of our existing network and offer customers the enhanced services they require,” said Dr. Saad Al Barrak, director general, MTC. “We have worked with Motorola for 10 years and its innovative approach and extensive knowledge of the Middle East market made it our infrastructure vendor of choice for this project.” The agreement covers the immediate delivery of hardware, software and services required for the increasing GSM traffic. Phase one of the EDGE network deployment in Kuwait is already operational. All Horizon II Macro base stations are EDGE capable through software upgrade, evidence of Motorola’s intent to provide the lowest total lifetime cost of network ownership. Boosting the data performance of an operator’s existing network helps with financial return objectives while enhanced network performance also provides a better end user experience. The telecom vendor says with its new data portfolio, operators can deliver 3G-like services while maximising the return on their 2.5G investments. The new contract is part of an ongoing relationship with MTC. Earlier this year, Motorola was selected as the supplier of GSM base stations and infrastructure for Atheer Telecom, a consortium of Iraqi investors led by MTC of Kuwait. Atheer Telecom’s GSM network will provide communications services to the Iraqi people in the Southern region. This is one of the three regional networks that will form Iraq’s first national mobile telecommunications network.

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