Kuwaiti users given 'EDGE' with free SIMs

Over 800,000 customers in Kuwait are being offered new SIM cards as Wataniya Telecom transforms itself into the Middle East's first totally EDGE-based operator.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  March 8, 2005

Over 800,000 customers in Kuwait are being offered new SIM cards as Wataniya Telecom transforms itself into the Middle East's first totally EDGE-based operator. The organisation recently launched the first national EDGE network and SIM upgrade of its kind in the region - migrating its entire Kuwaiti customer base to a significantly enhanced network. As a result, Wataniya's customers will gain access to a fully homogeneous EDGE network, with a new SIM card that changes their mobile interface and provides a platform for highly advanced mobile services. This upgrade costs customers nothing. "We're rolling out the red carpet for our customers across Kuwait as we set new standards for mobile services," explained Harri Koponen, CEO, Wataniya Telecom. "Our customers today are empowered with the best network quality, 100% coverage across Kuwait and a guarantee of the best mobile experience. This is the first step in that direction - putting a more powerful SIM in our customers' hands as well as a more powerful network in place to serve them." Wataniya Telecom has rebuilt its entire network infrastructure over the past two months; extending coverage into and throughout Kuwait’s desert areas to help enhance call quality and support the rollout of a range of advanced mobile services. The new SIM card is the tool that will open up this new world. It features a Wataniya Telecom menu, which is set-up to include the customer's preferred services, even when they change their handsets. Customers can receive new SIMs from existing Wataniya branches.

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