Du invests AED400m in network upgrades

The Nokia Siemens Networks is to overhaul the carrier’s existing system

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Du invests AED400m in network upgrades du is to spend AED400m on completely upgrading their network to ensure faster speeds and improve customer experience. (ITP Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 24, 2010

UAE telcom service provider, du, is investing AED400 million ($108.9 million) in completely upgrading its mobile network here in the UAE.

The company has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks to expand du's 2G network and introduce a faster 3G HSPA+ network with speeds of up to 42Mb, aimed at improving their current 3G system.

"Nokia Siemens Networks will help us upgrade and modernise our network to improve coverage, and enhance our customers' communication experience on the move in services such as internet browsing, email, mobile TV, voice and video mail, among other value added services," says Hatem Bamatraf, senior vice president of network development at du.

These upgrades will allow du subscribers to access a wider range of applications and improve communications services such as email and internet browsing while on the move.

"Our strong product portfolio and expertise will help du to significantly improve its operational efficiency and lower energy consumption, while enabling faster and more efficient service introduction," says Kalle Autto, head of du customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks will be providing not only the telecommunications equipment, such as Flexi Base Station hardware and software, but also comprehensive operational support and value added services under the deal.

The new hardware and software system will almost double the carrier's voice capacity, improve GSM/EDGE data rates and even end users will feel the effects. The advanced system reduces signaling load and increases customer's mobile battery life by up to 50%.

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