Kuwait’s Wataniya Telecom has hired Ericsson to upgrade its radio access network.
Ericsson will add WCDMA/HSPA capability on the 900MHz band and LTE capability on the 1800MHz band. It will also provide optimisation services, O&M support services, spare parts management, customer support and training.
These investments will give higher network speeds and help Wataniya to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services.
The upgrades will also accelerate the delivery of advanced voice, data and multimedia services and prepare the network for future mobile-data growth.
Bassam Hannoun, CEO, Wataniya Telecom, said: “Ericsson is a long standing and trusted partner for Wataniya and we are certain that together we will continue to offer the best possible customer experience to our subscribers.”
Anders Lindblad, president of Ericsson region Middle East, said: “By transforming the network with Ericsson’s latest technology, Wataniya is demonstrating how simple it is for operators to upgrade their existing infrastructure effectively, while continuing to deliver the best customer experience. This latest cooperation strengthens our partnership with Wataniya Telecom and enables us to work together towards the development of a networked society in Kuwait.”
Ericsson has established a successful relationship with Wataniya Telecom over the past few years, as the operator has worked with the company on a number of partnerships. These include a network-wide upgrade to the company's GSM infrastructure and an upgrade to the telecom operator’s charging and billing system.