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Datak signs Samsung for Iran mobile WiMAX

Datak Telecom begins roll out of Samsung infrastructure solutions to bring mobile WiMAX service to Tehran

Datak aims to bring mobile WiMAX services to Tehran by Q2 2010
Datak aims to bring mobile WiMAX services to Tehran by Q2 2010

Iran's Datak Telecom has signed Samsung Electronics to provide it with a complete set of infrastructure to bring the first commercial mobile WiMAX services to the country.

Datak, the ISP subsidiary of investment house Social Security Investment Company, has selected Samsung as sole provider for Wave2 WiMAX solutions, including base stations, access service network gateways, and related services. and equipment.

Installation of the equipment will begin this month, and the company aims to be able to offer a commercial mobile WiMAX service to the capital Tehran by the second quarter of 2010. Datak plans to extend the service to cover all of Greater Tehran, and to roll out new services including VoIP, video and location-based services.

Bahman Satarian, CEO of Datak Telecom said: "WiMAX service is perfect for the Iranian market where the population reaches 75 million but the internet penetration is still very low. The cooperation with Samsung, a global leader in Mobile WiMAX industry, is a good opportunity not only to introduce the latest generation of mobile data technologies in Iran, but also to accelerate the economic growth of Iran."

While other WiMAX licences have been issued for Iran, only one fixed service, targeted at financial organizations, is currently in operation.

"We're honored to introduce our Mobile WiMAX solutions to Iran with a reliable partner like Datak Telecom," said Woonsub Kim, executive Vice President and head of the Telecommunication Systems Division at Samsung Electronics. "Working closely with Datak Telecom, we hope to advance Iranian broadband culture, and eventually expand to other neighboring countries in the Middle East and South West Asia."