Wataniya hires Huawei for network upgrade

Agreement is largest of its kind in Wataniya Telecom's history
Wataniya's CEO, Bassam Hanoun, said the deal would transform the telco's mobile networks.
Wataniya's CEO, Bassam Hanoun, said the deal would transform the telco's mobile networks.

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Kuwaiti mobile operator, Wataniya Telecom, has selected Huawei, to upgrade a portion of its 2G and 3G network and deploy LTE technology.

The telco said that the partnership, which was signed during Mobile World Congress, was the largest of its kind in its history and marked a “major step” for the development of its broadband network. The partnership includes agreements on a series of products as well as managed services.

Huawei will provide Wataniya Telecom with its SingleRAN solution, which can provide multiple network standards including GSM, HSPA+ and 4G on a single network. Huawei’s CME (Civil Mechanical Electric) solution and RRU (Remote Radio Unit) technology will also be adopted by Wataniya in this project.
This will enhance quality of mobile service and reduce total cost of ownership, Wataniya said.

Dr. Bassam Hannoun, CEO, Wataniya Telecom, said: "We are going through a full transformation of our mobile networks, and the deployment of 4G networks to offer our customers substantially enhanced network coverage and data speed.”

The ceremony was attended by senior representatives from Wataniya Telecom and Huawei including Eng. Abdulaziz Fakhroo, deputy CEO, Wataniya Telecom, and CTO Hisham Siblini, and Huawei’s MENA VP, Xia Chaojie, GM Pan En and deputy GM, Xu Hu.

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