Etisalat 1st to deploy femtocell in UAE
Dubai, October 18, 2010
Etisalat, the major telecom service provider in the UAE, has deployed the first femtocell live project in the UAE, provided by Paris-based telecom leader Alcatel-Lucent.
Etisalat’s customers will benefit from an enhanced quality of mobile broadband connectivity in remote areas of the UAE, and in high traffic places that require higher mobile broadband bandwidth, it said in a statement.
Etisalat is targeting the commercial launch of the technology within the UAE by the second half of 2010 following the initial successful testing, it added.
“Etisalat has always been an innovator in bringing technologies that better serve its customers. This technology has the potential to support increased growth in the usage and consumption of data services and can play a crucial role in satisfying the explosive growth of mobile broadband usage in the UAE,” said Khalifa Al Shamsi, senior vice president of marketing at Etisalat.
“Etisalat customers will not only benefit from improved coverage, but will also enjoy increased data capacity and uninterrupted, high-quality mobile connectivity,” he added.
Amr El Leithy, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in the Middle East and Africa said: “This decision reinforces Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position in the small cell field and confirms our ability to help major service operators to deal with one of the biggest trends in wireless communications, extending indoor mobile coverage to in-building environments.” – TradeArabia News Service