Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Motorola Selected for WiMAX + IMS Network in Bahrain

Mena Telecom, an investment subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain), selected Motorola to plan, deploy and manage a nationwide 802.16e-based mobile WiMAX and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The deployment will enable Mena Telecom to deliver wireless broadband connectivity as well as advanced voice and nomadic broadband data services to both business and residential customers across Bahrain. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The end-to-end network, operating in the 3.5GHz frequency band, will comprise WiMAX infrastructure, IMS core, Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), voice and data applications, and operational and business support systems. Under the terms of the contract, Motorola will also take responsibility for the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, as well as the technical operations of the project and management of the entire WiMAX/IMS network.

Mena Telecom expects the network to be ready for service by the fourth quarter of 2007. In the first phase, a full range of services is expected to be available from Manama to the Seef Area beginning in January 2008. In the second phase, coverage will be extended to other areas in the Kingdom by March 2008.



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