Wataniya upgrades Kuwait network for high speed mobile broadband

The leading telecom operator in Kuwait is upgrading its network to meet growing demand for 3G services. Wataniya Telecom has selected Ericsson to provide an upgraded radio access network.

The transformation will accelerate the delivery of rich, advanced voice, data and multimedia services to subscribers, and prepare the network for future mobile-data growth created by the strong uptake of smartphones and other handheld data-enabled devices. 

Bassam Hannoun, CEO, Wataniya Telecom, said: "Wataniya is a driving force in mobile penetration growth in Kuwait and [we] are always looking for innovative ways to enhance our subscribers' experience.”

The contract is Ericsson’s largest in Kuwait to date. The vendor will transform Wataniya’s existing 2G and 3G networks, as well as adding WCDMA/HSPA capability on 900MHz and LTE capability on the 1800MHz band.

Anders Lindblad, President of Ericsson Region Middle East, said: "By transforming the network with Ericsson's latest technology and innovation, Wataniya is demonstrating how simple it is for operators to upgrade their existing infrastructure effectively, while continuing to deliver the best customer experience."

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