Nokia has won a radio network contract from Warid Telecom for the company's green-field operations in
The contract marks a new customer for Nokia in one of the world's fastest-growing mobile markets. Deliveries have begun, and the network will be launched later this year.
As part of the contract, which covers the key
administrative district, Nokia will supply its UltraSite base station solution, helping Warid meet increasing demand for higher voice and data traffic. Nokia's services are also part of the contract, including its NetAct network and service management solution, as well as installation, planning and project management services.
Nokia estimates that the number of mobile subscribers will grow to three billion in 2008, and around 80% of this growth will come from fast-growing markets such as
. Nokia also expects that Asia-Pacific, including
, will account for 50% of that next billion subscribers.
* Warid Telecom is owned by the Abu Dhabi Group led by His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan. It is one of the largest in the
and has diversified business interests ranging from oil and gas exploration, hospitality services, telecommunications, banking and financial services, automobile industries and property development.