Showing posts with label Middle East. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Middle East. Show all posts

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Nokia Networks Tests Drones for Network Inspections

Nokia Network is testing unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) carrying smartphones with cameras and testing applications to inspect and survey mobile infrastructure.

Nokia recently conducted a test of these telco drones in partnership with Du at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City, which has a seating capacity of 25,000 people. The Proof of Concept (PoC) gathered network data and provided Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for a speedy performance test and efficient network optimization actions. Telco drones were also used for tower inspections, radio planning and Line of Sight (LoS) testing between radio towers.

Automated testing and analysis is more efficient than traditional manual walk tests, as drones can cover the desired area quicker. Additionally, the test data is collected automatically and sent to a server so that it can be instantly processed at Nokia Networks’ Global Delivery Center (GDC) for immediate reporting and any necessary actions to improve network performance.

Telco drones were also used for tower inspections to reduce the number of times technicians need to climb up and down a telecom tower, as well as for radio planning and Line of Sight (LoS) testing. The engineers knew if a frequency used was impacted by trees, if there was sufficient power to cover the distance, what the simulated latency would look like and what performance over such a connection could be expected. This helped achieve optimal site design, establish a clear LoS, as well as suitable antenna height and site location.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ooreoo Crosses 100 Million Customer Milestone

Ooredoo has crossed the 100 million mobile customer milestone across its footprint in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.

Ooredoo operates in markets with an addressable population of more than 700 million people, and sees strong potential for growth across its footprint.

Its newest market, Myanmar, has a population of around 53 million people and a relatively low mobile penetration rate of 27 percent, according to the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology. Within its first month of commercial operations in 2014, Ooredoo reached more than one million customers in the country.

http://www.ooredoo.com/en

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Orange Jordan Upgrades Base Stations and Packet Core with Ericsson

Ericsson will upgrade Orange Jordan’s existing packet core and renew its radio access network by replacing the operator’s old radio base stations and introducing Ericsson’s latest RBS 6000 family of base stations. The packet core upgrade includes SGSN on Ericsson Blade System and Ericsson Evolved Packet Gateway on SSR 8000 family, which will provide an enhanced experience for Orange Jordan subscribers by securing the bandwidth needs of the most demanding online applications with minimal latency. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jean-Francois Thomas, Orange Jordan CEO said; "Ericsson has been our exclusive partner of choice for over a decade, supporting us in our strategic expansion objectives and our ongoing efforts to provide subscribers with the best possible connectivity. We have made significant contributions to the telecommunications sector and have ensured its continued evolution.

http://www.ericsson.com

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ericsson Wins Upgrade Project with Zain Bahrain

Zain has appointed Ericsson to implement the latest LTE technology and prepaid charging including consulting and systems integration services for its network in Bahrain.

Ericsson will replace existing 2G and 3G radio network equipment while adding 4G functionality with the Ericsson RBS 6000 family of base stations. Ericsson will also deploy Evolved Packet Core with triple-access SGSN-MME and Ericsson Evolved Packet Gateway based on Ericsson SSR 8000 family of Smart Services Routers as well as MINI-LINK PT and SP for IP backhaul.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.ericsson.com

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dubai's UAE-IX Cites Rapid Growth in First Year of Operation

UAE-IX, the Dubai-based Internet exchange that opened one year ago, now serves more than 20 networks from the Middle East.

Customers include leading global players and providers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey. Recent new peers include STC and Vodafone Qatar, further increasing the reach of the exchange.

UAE-IX’s customer base now reaches 55% of all eyeballs in the GCC markets. This makes UAE-IX the partner of choice for a wide variety of providers, including access networks, cloud computing players, hosters and content delivery networks (CDNs).

UAE-IX, which is fully operated by DE-CIX, was the first carrier-neutral Internet exchange for the Middle East and is built on a fully redundant switching platform.

“In the past, Internet content destined for the Middle East region was delivered through European Internet hubs,” comments Harald A. Summa, CEO for DE-CIX. “Cloud computing and rich media content drives today’s traffic growth, demanding higher-quality content that is located close to the users to guarantee a great broadband experience. The TRA, the data center operators and UAE-IX together create an attractive environment to drive large content networks to the region, while access providers benefit from lower cost and improved broadband experience for their end-users.”

http://www.uae-ix.net

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Menara Selected for New DWDM Network in Iraq

IQ Networks, a leading facility-based fiber Internet Service Provider in Iraq, has selected Menara Networks transponder-less DWDM solution to build a state-of-the-art national 10 Gbps IP over DWDM network in Iraq.

Specifically, IQ Networks will use Menara Networks' "System-in-a-Module" Tunable OTN XFP transceivers for complete DWDM transponder replacement. The small form factor MSA compliant pluggable modules offer high performance optical networking functions including integrated ITU-T G.709 OTU-2 framing, OTN alarms and performance monitoring processing, Forward Error Correction for OSNR gain, automatic receiver threshold adaptation and SBS suppression for up to 2,000 km transmission.

http://www.menaranet.com

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kuwait's Wataniya Upgrades with Ericsson

Wataniya Telecom, Kuwait's leading mobile telecommunications operator, selected Ericsson to upgrade its radio access network.

Under the new contract, which represents the largest Ericsson has signed to date in Kuwait, the company will upgrade Wataniya Telecom's existing 2G and 3G networks, as well as adding WCDMA/HSPA capability on 900MHz and LTE capability on the 1800MHz band.  Ericsson will also provide optimization services, O&M support services, spare parts management, customer support and training.

http://www.ericsson.com

Monday, March 4, 2013

Gulf Bridge Activates Fiber Route via Iraq to Europe

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) activated the first ever terrestrial fiber optic link connecting all the countries of the Gulf to Europe via Iraq and Turkey.

The new GBI North Route provides connectivity from the cable landing station at Al Faw, in the south of Iraq, crossing Iraq and Turkey to Istanbul, and onward to Frankfurt in Germany.

"GBI’s route through Iraq and Turkey represents a major milestone for both regional and international communications,” said Ahmed Mekky, Board Member and CEO of GBI. “This more direct route will lead to faster connectivity via lower latency times, and the diversity we offer will reduce the likelihood of a reoccurrence of the three day internet outages of 2008. This investment is in line with our vision to connect the world to the Gulf and strongly underpins the continued ICT development across a region home to one sixth the world’s population. In addition, Iraq is now emerging as a modern communications hub, with significant implications for the nation’s economy and long-term development."

http://www.gbiinc.com/SitePages/News_Details.aspx?itmID=110

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies IP/MPLS to Du in UAE

Alcatel-Lucent will supply its IP/MPLS solution, based on its 7750 Service Router (SR), 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) and 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) to du for deployment in the UAE.  

The network will support du's high-speed broadband access, IPTV services, mobile video and other advanced services. The first phase of the project was installed last month. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Procera Supplies Traffic Management for King Saud University

King Saud University (KSU) has deployed Procera Networks' PacketLogic platform for network traffic management and user awareness.

The university has over 100,000 students and nearly 10,000 faculty members.  The school, which boasts one of the most advanced campus networks in the region, has seen packet traffic grow by more than 50% year-over-year. This creates a strong need for real-time granular traffic visibility, reporting, and bandwidth management.

“The network managers at KSU need to guarantee high standards of network traffic control and security, coupled with the ability to manage utilization of network resources so that important educational applications are given the highest priority. KSU needed a solution that not only provided control but also enhanced visibility into network and application usage to ensure the best use of network resources,” said Angus MacCormick, regional director at Procera (Middle East, Turkey & Africa).

http://www.proceranetworks.com
http://ksu.edu.sa/

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cable & Wireless Comm Sells Assets to Bahrain's Batelco

Cable & Wireless Communications will sell its Monaco & Islands division to Bahrain's Batelcom Group for US$680 million.

The sale include CWC's businesses in the Maldives, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, the Seychelles, South Atlantic and Diego Garcia as well as a 25% shareholding in Compagnie Monegasque de Communication SAM, the company which holds CWC’s 55% interest in Monaco Telecom.

Cable & Wireless Communications said the disposal helps to focus the company on the Central American and Caribbean region, as well as increasing the company’s financial flexibility. The Group’s net debt position will be reduced from US$1,588 million as at 30 September 2012 to approximately US$937 million on a pro forma basis, implying proportionate net debt / EBITDA of 1.8x (for the 12 months to 30 September 2012).

"Batelco Group will have the opportunity to operate, in collaboration with its new business partners, communications businesses across 17 markets. This acquisition supports our strategy by adding new cash generative business clusters to our existing operations across the Middle Eastern region. We look forward to working closely with all the shareholders and management teams in the companies to ensure we continue to deliver value and innovation to customers and be recognized as market leaders," stated Sheikh Mohamed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Batelco Group Chief Executive.

http://www.batelco.com/portal/


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Equinix and du Build Carrier-Neutral Data Center Hub for the Gulf


Equinix has formed a strategic alliance with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications (also known as du) to deliver data center and interconnection services to customers in the Middle East via a new carrier-neutral hub.

As part of the deal, Equinix has acquired a newly built data center facility in Dubai. This new International Business Exchange (IBX) has capacity of 44,000 square feet and approximately 650 cabinets. The first phase of the data center is expected to be completed and open for business by January 1, 2013. Equinix expects to invest approximately US$40 million for the acquisition, upgrade and future expansion of this site.

Additionally, du has created a new "datamena" -- a new transit zone, which allows international customers to host and distribute content, and to trade data capacity in a cost effective way. datamena services will only be available in the data centers in the alliance. Along with investments in the datamena hub, du has also secured the capability to offer its enterprise customers du managed data center services and data center capacity.

Osman Sultan, CEO for du, said, “The alliance enables our customers to expand their digital footprint from a location where some of the fastest-growing markets in the world intersect. The introduction of datamena and a carrier-neutral data center will act as a catalyst for the next stage of internet development in the region. This resonates with the UAE’s vision of enhancing its role as a regional business hub and to be one of the best places to do business in the world.”

http://www.equinix.com
http://www.datamena.com

  • In September 2012, DE-CIX, Frankfurt's massive Internet Exchange, announced a collaboration with UAE-IX, an Internet exchange in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    UAE-IX is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects global networks and, above all, network operators and content providers in the Gulf region. UAE-IX is using a fully redundant switching platform located in a neutral secure data center in Dubai. The new Internet Exchange will reduce latency times by up to 80 per cent and costs by up to 70 per cent for Gulf providers.

    The companies noted that many Internet service providers in the region have had to exchange their traffic via Europe, Asia or North America, leading to high latency rates. Initiated by the UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and supported by DE-CIX, UAE-IX delivers a highly available local alternative for regional traffic exchange, localizing Internet content.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mitsubishi Updates India-Middle East-Western Europe Cable

 Mitsubishi has upgraded the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable Network with its 40 Gbps DWDM.  The upgrade involved installation of submarine line terminal equipment in eight countries.

The IMEWE Cable System spans 12,091 kilometers with 10 terminal stations owned by a consortium of nine leading telecom carriers in eight countries: India, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and France. The cable system comprises three optical fiber cable pairs with two fiber pairs on an express path, as well as a terrestrial link connecting the cities of Alexandria and Suez in Egypt.

The nine IMEWE parties which have contracted for the upgrade and are co-owners of IMEWE system are Bharti Airtel Ltd., Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, France Telecom, OGERO Telecom, Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited, Saudi Telecom Company, TATA Communications Limited, Telecom Egypt, and Telecom Italia SPARKLE S.p.A.

http://www.imewecable.com/


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

GSA: 96 Operators Have Launched LTE

A total of 96 operators have launched commercial LTE services in 46 countries, according to an updated count from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). The figure reaffirms LTE as the fastest developing mobile system technology ever.

Some additional stats:
  • 292 operators have made firm commitments to deploy commercial LTE networks in 93 countries.
  • 11 commercial LTE TDD systems have launched in Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Oman, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and the UK.
  • 68 operators have launched commercial LTE services in the past 12 months.
  • GSA forecasts there will be 152 commercial LTE networks operating in 65 countries by December 31, 2012.
  • LTE in 1800 MHz spectrum is now launched on one third of all commercial LTE networks.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Saudi Aramco Suffers Shamoon Attack and New Threat

Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company, is believed to have suffered damage to three-quarters of its computers when it was hit by the Shamoon virus earlier this month, according to The New York Times and other sources. The attackers are believed to be a group called "Cutting Sword of Justice", possibly linked to Iran, making the attack a political statement against the oil policies of the Saudi government. The group is threatening further attacks on the firm.

http://pastebin.com/WKSk3pmp


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Qatar Plans National Fiber Network

Qatar National Broadband Network Company (Q.NBN), which was established last year by the government of Qatar, has received a 25 year license to provide fiber optic broadband throughout the country.

The license will see Q.NBN offering wholesale broadband fiber optics infrastructure services to licensed network service providers and operators. As such, Q,NBN serve as the fiber optic broadband infrastructure provider for Qatar.

"We are delighted to receive our official license to operate from ictQATAR which will mark the start of a new era of high speed communication in Qatar. Receiving this license is an acknowledgement of Q.NBN’s vision aligned with 2030 to provide Qatar with the very latest technology platform to help achieve a knowledge-based sustainable economy." stated Mohamad Al-Mannai, Q.NBN Chief Executive Officer. http://www.qnbn.qa


Monday, August 6, 2012

IBM Wins $280 Million Project with Saudi Arabia's Mobily

IBM was won a 5-year agreement worth approximately $280 million to provide comprehensive IT solutions for Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat (Mobily).

Mobily is the fastest growing telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia.

Under the contract, IBM will provide Mobily with faster, targeted access to new technologies and expertise in order to build a strong infrastructure to keep pace with the company's business growth. One area of collaboration will build upon IBM's Spoken Web solution to establish a spoken version of the Internet for mobile users.

"Partnering with one of the largest technology companies in the world offers Mobily a broad portfolio of modern IT solutions that will have a positive impact on our customers in terms of the quality of products and innovative services, in addition to solutions that will enrich their lives. We are pleased to sign with IBM, which has a significant presence in this strategic sector," said Khalid Al Kaf, CEO, Mobily.

"Mobile computing is driving increasing demand for IT services in the telecommunications industry," said Takreem El Tohamy, General Manager, IBM Middle East and Africa. "With this agreement, IBM provides Mobily with the robust IT infrastructure and near term innovation to remain a leader in providing their customers with the best technology has to offer." 
http://www.ibm.com 06-Aug-12


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vodafone Egypt Picks Ericsson for Radio Upgrade

Vodafone Egypt has selected the Ericsson RBS 6000 base station for an upgrade of its radio access network. Financial terms were not disclosed.
http://www.ericsson.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Zain Saudi Arabia to Refarm 1800 MHz GSM

Zain KSA has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as its LTE infrastructure and services vendor for Jeddah, the country’s second largest city. The operator will be refarming its 1800 MHz GSM frequency band to offer 4G services. As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will also manage Zain KSA's 4G network in Jeddah, in addition to the operator’s existing GSM and 3G networks in the city.



Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its Flexi Multiradio Base Station for 4G deployment and 3G network modernization. Optimized backhaul will be provided by FlexiPacket Microwave platform. NSN will also upgrade and expand Zain’s legacy Home Location Register (HLR) to the latest, One NDS subscriber data management solution, supporting a total of 25 million subscribers’ mobile services, including 4G. Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide its NetAct platform for efficient monitoring, management and optimization of Zain KSA’s LTE network. http://www.nsn.com

Zain Saudi Arabia to Refarm 1800 MHz GSM

Zain KSA has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as its LTE infrastructure and services vendor for Jeddah, the country’s second largest city. The operator will be refarming its 1800 MHz GSM frequency band to offer 4G services. As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will also manage Zain KSA's 4G network in Jeddah, in addition to the operator’s existing GSM and 3G networks in the city.



Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its Flexi Multiradio Base Station for 4G deployment and 3G network modernization. Optimized backhaul will be provided by FlexiPacket Microwave platform. NSN will also upgrade and expand Zain’s legacy Home Location Register (HLR) to the latest, One NDS subscriber data management solution, supporting a total of 25 million subscribers’ mobile services, including 4G. Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide its NetAct platform for efficient monitoring, management and optimization of Zain KSA’s LTE network. http://www.nsn.com

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