Ericsson aids telecom growth in Iraq
Dubai, May 13, 2009
Ericsson, a world leading telecom technology supplier, will provide coverage and capacity in central and southern Iraq to meet the expansion planned by one of Iraq’s three nationally-licensed operators.
Korek Telecom, which is focused on aggressively expanding national coverage, has investment plans of a total of $100 million for the second phase of its expansion. Also included is the provision of a microwave based high capacity national transmission backbone linking the major regions.
The charted plans aim to increase the subscribers’ base to a total of 4 million with an amount of $300 million over the next few years, to increase network capacity by over 2 million subscribers, and to provide nation-wide coverage.
“Korek, a 100 per cent Iraqi mobile company, is currently committed to rapid network growth and national expansion,” said Sirwan Mustafa President &CEO of Korek Telecom.
“We continue to invest heavily to fulfill our expansion plans. Our focus is to provide the coverage with a high quality of service. With Ericsson as our partner, we will ensure that we have the technical foundation in place to provide our subscribers the best mobile network in the country."
Asif Salam, key account manager for Ericsson said: "We have made a long term commitment to Iraq and Korek Telecom. Our relationship has evolved over the last five years and the growth has been substantial and we are fully committed to their success."
Tarek Saadi, head of account unit NME, Ericsson, commented: "We are pleased and honored to be Korek's partner in expanding its network. This expansion establishes Ericsson on a national scale with Korek and paves a sound foundation for continued growth in the future. We are looking forward to continue our strong long-term relationship."
A major expansion effort has just been concluded that develops network capacity for the Mosul and Kirkuk regions, in addition to Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaimaniya.
Korek Telecom is currently investing in rapidly deploying sites in the central and southern regions, with Baghdad and Basra as bases for the expansions.
The expansions will provide Korek a firm foundation on which to further continue their aggressive plans for expansion and new services, said a statement. – TradeArabia News Service