Iraq WiMax deployment to begin in coming months

Iraqtel, the telecom subsidiary of Al Emaar Holding Group, is gearing up to roll out the first WiMax network in Iraq.

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By  Administrator Published  January 25, 2007

Iraqtel, the telecom subsidiary of Al Emaar Holding Group, is gearing up to roll out the first WiMax network in Iraq.

The operator, which was awarded the WLL (Wireless Local Loop) licence from the Iraqi telecom regulator in May last year, is to start rolling out the network in southern Iraq over the next few months.

Using equipment from wireless equipment provider Redline Communications, Iraqtel will begin deploying the voice and data communication services network in the city of Basrah with extension to other cities in southern Iraq to follow.

Eventually, the company hopes to take the network to the rest of the country, subject to obtaining a suitable licence agreement.

The firm is also in negotiations with the country's ministry of communications to trial the network in Baghdad.

Sunny Kwon, technical adviser at Al Emaar Holding Group, said the company had begun looking at different broadband options even before it obtained the WLL licence. "Eventually, we selected WiMax with the belief that it would become the standard leading the next generation of wireless technologies," he said.

Sheikh Fawzi Al Lami, chairman of Iraqtel, told IT Weekly that the introduction of a wireless network would provide important benefits to Iraq in such areas as security.

Al Lami added that in a bid to push uptake of the service, the group is also hoping to supply notebooks to up to 500,000 people in Iraq.

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