Thursday, February 17, 2011

Etisalat Commences Region’s First and Widest LTE Network Rollout in the UAE, signs deal with Alcatel-Lucent

Delivering its commitment to offer the most advanced Internet services to its customers, Etisalat today inked an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) for a planned deployment of the Middle East’s first and widest Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the UAE. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s market-leading end-to-end solution, Etisalat is deploying the first commercial LTE (also known as 4G) network in the Middle East.

On the occasion, Nasser bin Obood, Acting CEO Etisalat UAE commented: “As the region’s leading-edge telecom service provider, this is a significant milestone for our corporation and we are proud to be the Middle East’s first and widest LTE network, thereby fulfilling our promise to continuously deliver superlative communication experiences to our customers every step of the way.”

“Over the last year we’ve witnessed a 200% growth in data roaming traffic. Due to the smartphone boom in the UAE, as is globally, our customers continue to crave for higher speeds and better connectivity.There is an exploding demand for new technologies and large bandwidth to support and enable the surging data traffic”, said Marwan Zawaydeh, Chief Technology & information Officer, Etisalat.
“We are confident that this advanced next-generation network from Alcatel-Lucent will meet our customers’ needs for innovative mobile broadband services.” LTE can accommodate multimedia applications such as video conferencing, high definition content transmission and high speed video downloads from social networks, giving Etisalat’s customers unbeatable mobile broadband.

“This is a crucial step towards the adoption of LTE in the Middle East. Alcatel-Lucent’s technical leadership and transformation expertise will help Etisalat unleash LTE’s full business potential and deliver a mobile broadband experience far beyond anything that has been seen before in the region”, said Amr El Leithy, Head of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Africa and Middle East. “This agreement expands our long standing relationship with Etisalat and is further evidence of the trust they have in our company across multiple technologies and our ability and support the next generation mobile network.”

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