Alfa and Ericsson sign deal for network optimisation

Alfa and Ericsson sign strategic partnership to improve network performance

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Alfa and Ericsson sign deal for network optimisation The strategic partnership will focus on network performance and future network planning.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 18, 2010

Lebanese mobile operator Alfa has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Ericsson, to aid with network performance and expansion plans.

Alfa, which is managed by Orascom Telecom, almost doubled its subscriber base over the past year, and the partnership will provide customised solutions to improve network performance across Lebanon, along with planning and roll out of further network infrastructure.

Ericsson has provided core network audits to Alfa, along with highway coverage optimization. The company has also performed a cluster optimization, which divides the country into ten clusters, with the aim of focusing on improving service by clusters. Ericsson will also look to improve overall network and radio frequency network performance, for further performance enhancements.

Assad Abousleiman, CTO of Alfa said: "These activities are part of Alfa's continuous efforts to provide its customers with the best quality of services. We referred to Ericsson by being the ideal partner to deliver such a task with the highest level of professionalism and efficiency due to their combined multinational expertise in Core, Radio and Transmission domains."

"Ericsson completed several auditing sites and will support Alfa to increase the number of sites in order to improve both the coverage as well as the quality of service. This is due to the extensive software optimization carried out and the implementation of a new frequency plan," said Tony Abboud, key account manager, Ericsson.

Tarek Saadi, Head of Ericsson's Northern Middle East region, added: "This partnership represents an ideal example of win-win business cooperation. As the leader in the Telecom Services, Ericsson today is not only supporting Operators in optimizing their activities, but is also actively Operating and Maintaining the operators' networks globally with more than 270 million subscribers. The Ericsson Services Product Portfolio includes a wide spectrum of services including consulting in the areas of operators' market, customers' development, as well as the complete operation and management of operators' networks, and ensuring that our customers are benefiting from a higher grade of service at lower operating costs."

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