MTC selects Nortel for 3G services in Kuwait

Vendor to build high-speed future-proof transport network

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By  Published  December 16, 2006

Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) has selected network vendor Nortel to enable it to deliver 3G services in Kuwait.

The telecommunications services provider, part of the wider MTC Group that operates throughout the region, will use an optical solution from Nortel to enable it to deliver high-speed services such as mobile video, multimedia messaging and web browsing in the country.

Dr Saad Al Barrak, CEO at MTC Group, said the telco chose Nortel in part because of the versatility of its solution and also because of the companies’ long-standing business relationship.

“Nortel has helped us establish a reliable network in Kuwait that allows us to focus on delivering the innovative services that our customers want today. One of the reasons we selected Nortel is that their solution is future-proof so we can easily add new services when our customers want them,” Al Barrak said.

The MTC Kuwait transport network is delivered by products from Nortel’s Metro ethernet networking solutions portfolio and comprises the Nortel Optical Metro 4150 platform at hub sites for aggregation and the Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 in the core for further aggregation and 10G DWDM transport.

The network has a redundant architecture to support the aggressive reliability targets required to support the volume and category of traffic handled.

MTC said its goal was to create a ‘future proof’ network for enabling seamless migration to ethernet transport — in step with the mobile network and services evolution to 3GPP and LTE — and to prepare the network for the expected growth in bandwidth required to support advanced mobility services. “We’ve worked with MTC for 13 years helping to deliver GSM services across Kuwait, and it’s pleasing that we’ve been able to use

Nortel optical technology to seamlessly transition their GSM network and enable MTC to deliver 3G services for customers in Kuwait,” said Tim Watkins, president, Nortel Northern Region, Middle East and Turkey.

Founded in 1983 in Kuwait, MTC is now in 22 countries in the Middle East and Africa and has over 24.9 million customers.

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