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Asiacell plans network expansion

Iraqi operator to add remote villages to its network next year

Asiacell plans network expansion
Iraqi mobile operator Asiacell signs network expansion agreements with Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson.

Iraqi mobile operator Asiacell has signed infrastructure expansion agreements with equipment vendors, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson, to enhance its telecom network in the country.

Patson Anius, Asiacell's chief technical and IT officer, said that the agreement will enable Asiacell to introduce "advanced services" tailored to the Iraqi market. "Next year, we will be further expanding our network coverage to include small villages and residential communities in remote areas. We look forward to breaking our own GSM deployment record in Iraq next year," he added.

In 2009, Asiacell added 1,490 base transceiver stations to its network by constructing 950 new communication towers, and strengthened the capabilities of 450 other sites.

Asiacell has 8 million mobile subscribers and competes with Zain Iraq and Korek Telecom in the Iraqi market.

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