Kalimat Telecom, a subsidiary of Kuwait’s Trade Links, has selected Parallel Wireless to build out its mobile broadband network in Iraq.
According to the GSMA Mobile Economy: Middle East and North Africa 2018 report, Iraq has only a 52% wireless Internet penetration rate, presenting a great opportunity for telecom service providers in that market. Poor infrastructure and high operating costs are currently stunting development.
Parallel Wireless's fully-virtualised HetNet and core solutions enable Kalimat to deploy a distributed virtualised mobile broadband network, delivering consumer and enterprise wireless services across the region cost-effectively and on an accelerated timeline. The Parallel Wireless software-based architecture delivers ease of deployment and the flexibility required to meet the changing needs of this market. This will be one of the largest fully virtualised commercial mobile broadband networks in the region.
With Parallel Wireless, the overall CAPEX, OPEX and complexity associated with building out and managing the network is significantly reduced through network automation. As a result, the high-speed mobile broadband network will provide the region with a range of advanced new residential and business voice and data services.
Wilson Varghese, Group CEO of Trade Links and CEO of Kalimat Telecom, said: “We were continually impressed by the speed with which we were able to move from lab trials to roll-outs; a process that took very little time for us to virtualise the core services required for the success of the project to deliver a better service to our customers, rural, suburban or urban, across regions.”
Amrit Heer, Head of Business Development, EME, Parallel Wireless, said, “We work with partners such as Kalimat Telecom to help them cost-effectively enable connectivity by simplifying installation and increasing flexibility and sustainability through our software for new wireless network buildouts. As a result, the costs associated with building or modernising mobile networks is reduced and connectivity can be brought to every single person in the world.”