Wataniya extends HSDPA network with Nokia

Previously, Nokia has supplied Wataniya's core network, upgraded its GSM radio network with EDGE, and supplied the WCDMA 3G/HSDPA radio network in order to run advanced services such as video calling, video sharing, and push to talk.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  October 16, 2006

Kuwait’s Wataniya Telecom has awarded Nokia a contract to expand its High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) radio and core network, increasing its capacity and extending the HSDPA network coverage to new areas. In addition to the 3.6 Mbps HSDPA radio network, Nokia will provide Wataniya with a core network upgrade, including packet core equipment and the Nokia MSC Server mobile softswitch; and a range of services, including network planning, consulting, systems integration, implementation, pre-launch optimisation, maintenance, and care services. Deliveries have already begun. "There is growing demand for mobile data services among our customers in Kuwait, so in order to serve them better we decided to expand our existing HSDPA network and extend the service to new areas," said Harri Koponen, general manager and CEO of Wataniya in Kuwait. Previously, Nokia has supplied Wataniya's core network, upgraded its GSM radio network with EDGE, and supplied the WCDMA 3G/HSDPA radio network in order to run advanced services such as video calling, video sharing, and push to talk.

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