Huawei has successfully deployed the largest High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network in the Middle East and North Africa region for Etisalat in UAE. The network covers 97 percent of the populated areas in the country and Etisalat was able to support more than one million 3G end-users that signed up within the first five months of 2007. Etisalat's original 3G network was MENA's first high-speed next-generation mobile network. In 2006, Etisalat expanded its 3G infrastructure and upgraded to HSPA. Customers in UAE with 3G enabled-handsets can now enjoy smooth web browsing, clear video calling and fluent mobile TV entertainment without the need to change their SIM cards. In addition, Etisalat is able to offer access to television programs in dual English and Arabic languages using Huawei's versatile mobile television solution.
Today, Etisalat's 3G/3.5G network provides the highest quality coverage across the UAE. Huawei has built unified 2G/3G networks and mobile value-added data service platforms, as well as transmission and data communication equipment for Etisalat in Egypt. Huawei also provides 2G/3G solutions for Etisalat's subsidiary Mobily in Saudi Arabia and infrastructure required for a GSM network covering 1,500 cities and towns for Etisalat's subsidiary Ufone in Pakistan.
Huawei's high-performance HSPA solution incorporates advanced technology IP-based Radio Access Network (RAN) that supports higher data throughput while reducing transmission costs. As a 3.5G mobile technology, HSPA delivers very high-speed data transfer, even faster than alternative fixed-line broadband services.