Iraqi operator Asiacell Telecom has chosen Nokia to build its next-generation microwave network.
The new network will allow Asiacell to deliver the capacity and ultra-low latency required to provide compelling experiences to end users. Under the five-year agreement, Nokia will replace legacy microwave equipment – either through modernisation or by deploying approximately 3,000 new network links across multiple locations in Iraq.
Nokia will deploy products from its Wavence microwave packet radio portfolio to help Asiacell simplify network operations for improved cost efficiency and performance. Nokia Wavence ultra-broadband transceivers will further enable Asiacell to provide fibre-like connectivity even in areas where fibre cannot be deployed. Asiacell will benefit from enhanced network capabilities, allowing it to support ever-increasing demands for data.
Under the agreement, Asiacell will leverage its existing Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) deployment for managing the complete set of Nokia transport equipment. This will enable automation for rapid equipment commissioning, optimising network performance, and the automating of operational tasks, thus simplifying microwave integration into Asiacell’s existing network environment. By utilising Nokia’s NSP, Asiacell will also be able to use the network automation capabilities to ensure maximum network service performance and reliability.
Asiacell has previously tapped Nokia to for a two-year nationwide network optimisation, with work beginning in January 2021. With this work underway, the Wavence portfolio will further ensure Asiacell’s seamless transition to next generation technology.
Amer Sunna, CEO and Managing Director of Asiacell, said: “By leveraging Nokia's global scale, we look forward to building a future-proof network that will help us meet the growing mobile traffic demand in Iraq.”
Rima Manna, Head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia MEA, said: “With our Wavence portfolio, we are confident of providing the best-in-class microwave enabling Asiacell to easily upgrade to next-generation technology. This microwave network modernisation will allow Asiacell to provide differentiated services and enhance its revenue by introducing new and innovative services."