Phase two for Bahrain’s first 3G mobile operator

MTC-Vodafone joins forces with Siemens Communications to upgrade the core network of Bahrain’s first 3G mobile operator.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  March 29, 2005

Siemens Communications Mobile Networks is announcing the signing of a deal with MTC-Vodafone (Bahrain) to provide the design, development, training and deployment for the second phase of its Universal Mobile Telecommunications Standard (UMTS) third generation (3G) mobile network in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The new deal, which will help the mobile operator enhance its existing 3G network to cater for more customers and higher internet speeds. This expansion will provide customers with better quality voice and video transmission, and positions the regionally expanding operator as the Middle East’s communications leader. In November 2003, MTC Vodafone, in partnership with Siemens Communications, made history when it made the first test call on the third generation network for the Middle East. As the first company in the region to offer customer 3G services, MTC-Vodafone (Bahrain) is raising its standards higher to offer customers the best possible service. Khaled Al Farkh, chief operating officer for MTC-Vodafone (Bahrain), says that to accelerate its competitiveness in the marketplace, MTC-Vodafone made a strategic choice to work with a partner that shares the same values. “Together with Siemens Communications, we firmly believe we will maintain our technological leadership, providing our customers with access to the most advanced network offering the highest quality of voice and video transmission,” he says. UMTS enables customers to tap into the enormous resource offered by the internet and makes communication more visually attractive and faster, with features such as multimedia messaging, video streaming, video conferencing, games and shopping. In partnership with Siemens Communications, MTC Vodafone will expand its existing UMTS Network. Siemens UMTS core network products include both circuit and packet switch components, and are market leaders both in terms of reliability and feature richness. Siemens will also provide UMTS radio network coverage near the new Formula One district. The network upgrade positions MTC-Vodafone (Bahrain) as the first in line to be ready to deploy a faster, high speed downlink package access (HSDPA) technology. Siemens Communications is a major player in the global UMTS network provision. Throughout Europe, the company has won the majority of the contracts for which it has tendered since 2001. Siemens Communications introduced 3G to the Middle East in response to the growing mobility of people in the region and the increased demand for sophisticated communication, regardless of location. While others in the market are in the inception phase, Siemens Communications with MTC-Vodafone (Bahrain) can be seen to be at the stage of enhancing the experience for the UMTS user. “With this deal moving ahead now, MTC-Vodafone (Bahrain) is perfectly placed to prepare for HSDPA – this will ensure its competitive edge in the market,” says Soenke Peters, head of Siemens Communications Mobile Networks Middle East headquarters.

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