du signs $225m deal with Nokia Siemens Networks

Vendor to supply operator with 'energy efficient' base stations

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By  George Bevir Published  October 14, 2008

UAE operator du has signed a $225 million deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to expand the capacity of its network and manage its base stations.

Nokia Siemens Networks said the improvements to the network will include 2G, 3G and HSPA technologies, and will enable the operator to cater for four million subscribers. The UAE’s second operator currently has 1.4 million active customers, according to figures released in May.

du CEO Osman Sultan said: “When planning this phase of our business expansion, we were looking for a partner with end-to-end capabilities to meet our needs.

“With Nokia Siemens Networks…we are ready to take this partnership to the next level to the benefit of du’s customers and our business.”

The deal will see Nokia Siemens Networks 'energy efficient' base stations deployed around the UAE, enabling the operator to reduce OPEX through savings of up to 70% in site power consumption, according to the vendor.

Head of du customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks, Jarmo Hakkinen, said: “We are very pleased to continue our relationship with du as reliable partner, and we’re ready to offer our best-in-class technologies in line with du’s long-term plans to provide superior quality to their end users.”

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