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Huawei completes Etisalat HSPA deployment

Infrastructure provider Huawei has announced it has completed the deployment of a High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network for Etisalat.

Infrastructure provider Huawei has announced it has completed the deployment of a High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network for Etisalat.

The network, which the Chinese equipment vendor claims is the largest HSPA network in the Middle East and North Africa region, covers 97% of the populated areas in the UAE.

The HSPA project is the latest stage in a collaboration dating back several years between the two firms.

Huawei built Etisalat's original 3G network in 2003 and was then contracted by the firm three years later to expand the 3G infrastructure as well as to upgrade the network to HSPA.

HSPA is a 3.5G mobile technology enabling very high-speed data transfer. The solution from Huawei incorporates advanced technology IP-based Radio Access Network (RAN) that supports higher data throughput while reducing transmission costs.

Huawei has also supplied transmission and data communication equipment for Etisalat's operations in Egypt, as well as 2G/3G solutions and GSM network infrastructure for its subsidiaries in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

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