Showing posts with label Bahrain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bahrain. Show all posts

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

PCCW and Bharti Announce MPLS VPN Agreement

Hong Kong-based PCCW Global announced a partnership arrangement with India's Bharti Airtel. Bharti currently owns 102 MPLS points of presence (PoPs) in India covering every one of the nation's 23 telecoms circles.

In addition, PCCW Global has announced expanded coverage to Middle Eastern markets, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, plus Turkey, where Europe meets Asia.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

MTC Kuwait Bids US$ 6.1 Billion for Saudi Arabia's Third Mobile License

Mobile Telecommunications Company, the mobile phone operator in Kuwait, has bid 22.9 billion riyals ($6.1 billion) for Saudi Arabia's third mobile license.

On March 17th, the board of directors of Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), chaired by Mohammed Jamil Mullah, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, selected the seven consortia from nine applicants. Egypt's Orascom Telecom and Al-Shoula-MTNL consortium were out of the fray. The other bidders were Samawat - Bharti Consortium (India, Singapore), Oger Telecom (controlled by Lebanon's al-Hariri family), Kingdom Turkcel (Kingdom Holding Co., owned by billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bidding with Turkish mobile operator Turkcell), Digi cel Tawacel Consortium, MTN Saudi Arabia Consortium & Abdullah Al Rajhi Reliance Telecom (India).

The 10 consortia bidding for the fixed license are: Optical Communications Company (Verizon), Khaled Ahmed Al-Juffali Co. (WorldCall Telecom of Pakistan), Saudi Telecom Holding Co. (Qtel-Atco), Al-Mutakamilah (Hong Kong's PCCW), Electronet (Autelia of Italy), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), Atheeb Telecom (Batelco of Bahrain), Makkah Telecom (China Telecom), Al-Shola (MTNL India) and Bayanat (Korea Telecom).

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Mobily of Saudi Arabia Deploys Aperto WiMAX

Mobily, the second largest GSM operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has deployed Aperto Networks' PacketWave broadband wireless systems in the four largest cities of that nation, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Khubar, as well as in Dahran, the gateway city to Bahrain. Mobily's PacketWave-powered 2.5 GHz wireless network now reaches a population numbering over 6 million metro residents, as well as many of Saudi Arabia's central business districts. The system is used to provide high-speed data connectivity and to enhance Mobily's service delivery across the major urban areas in the kingdom. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mobily (brand name of Etihad Etisalat) is owned by Etisalat of UAE, as well as private and public investors in Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

SeaChange Provides Video Systems for Middle East Broadcasting Center

The Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) based in "Media City" Dubai and Bahrain (UAE) selected SeaChange for video systems in support of its growing multichannel satellite television operations. MBC is rapidly moving toward an entirely tapeless facility from content intake through program production and on-air playout.

In 2003, MBC deployed three on-air SeaChange Broadcast MediaClusters for the debut of its news, entertainment and movie networks, and has since launched a children's network - with content for all produced in-house. This year MBC will move forward with SeaChange's IP-based MediaClient architecture to produce and distribute its programming. The deployment initially includes four post-production systems and on-air Broadcast MediaClusters. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Bahrain's Light Speed Selects NetCentrex for VoIP

Light Speed Communications, which has received an ISP License from Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and is aiming to become the first alternative fixed-line telecommunications operator in the country, will deploy NetCentrex' MyCall solution to offer IP-based residential telephony services. Light Speed Communications will initially introduce IP voice and video telephony services and high speed internet access. Further developments will include new converged fixed-mobile services in alliance with a leading regional 3G mobile operator.


Monday, August 9, 2004

Teleglobe Grows its IPv6 Global Transit

Teleglobe's IPv6 global IP Transit service has grown to successfully serve ten customers in nine countries--Algeria, Bahrain, France, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands, Qatar, Senegal, and South Africa -- over the past six months. A number of additional IPv6 customers in these and additional countries are expected as the pilot service expands to become a standard production offering over the next few months.

Thursday, July 3, 2003

Bahrain's PTT Selects Ericsson for Packet Migration

Batelco, the public network operator in Bahrain, selected Ericsson for the migration of its fixed network to packet technology. The contract includes both Ericsson's ENGINE Multi-Service Network and Ethernet DSL Access solutions. Ericsson's ENGINE softswitch integrates voice and data traffic. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • In October 2002, Bahrain Telecommunications Co (Batelco), has selected the Cisco Metro Ethernet Switching portfolio to provide Gigabit Ethernet access over fiber connections to government offices and commercial organizations. Batelco will initially connect all of Bahrain's government ministries to the network. The deployment will use Catalyst 3550 switches at the network edge, together with the Cisco ONT 1031 (Optical Network Terminator) within customer sites, and Cisco 7600 and Cisco 7200 Series Internet routers in the broadband aggregation layer. The new architecture will also include the Cisco Ethernet Subscriber Edge Solution Engine for managing the fiber end-points within customers' premises. MPLS is used within the core to differentiate and streamline traffic types, and to provide the basis for VoIP, and video services in the future. Cisco is working with Schlumberger Network and Infrastructure Solutions on the project.