MTC Kuwait Deploys 3G/HSDPA Network with Motorola
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait – 9 January 2007 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announced the deployment of a nationwide 3G mobile broadband network in Kuwait for MTC Kuwait, an MTC Group Operation, including High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) to further increase download speeds and improve the user experience of new services.
“Enhanced speed, quality and variety are what our mobile-centric subscriber base is looking for in Kuwait when it comes to broadband services,” said Mr. Barrak Al Sabeeh, general manager of MTC Kuwait.
“Motorola’s high performance network solution will enable MTC to provide customers with a compelling portfolio of services such as video conferencing, which is steadily gaining popularity here in the Middle East,” added Al Sabeeh.
HSDPA delivers high speed mobile access, thereby enabling the delivery of innovative solutions and applications to consumers and enterprise users, which is a focus market segment for MTC Kuwait.
“With the new HDSPA deployment, MTC customers who opt for 3G services will benefit from faster download speeds and capacity for streamed content. MTC will now be among the first telecom operators in the Middle East to provide these services. MTC has enjoyed a strong relationship with Motorola for over a decade, and only works with selected suppliers worldwide,” continued Al Sabeeh.
“This is a significant deployment for us in the region and clearly reflects Motorola’s growing success in the Middle East and the technical strength of our UMTS and HSDPA solutions. We remain committed to supporting MTC Kuwait in providing wireless subscribers in Kuwait with these services, while building its brand and helping to drive new revenue opportunities through increased subscriber usage and loyalty,” said Ali Amer, vice president, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Motorola Networks & Enterprise.
This new network will enable MTC Kuwait to address new opportunities for multi-media services, expanding capacity, availability and broadband capabilities to support more voice and data transmission in Kuwait.
A portion of revenue on this contract was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2006.
MTC is the pioneer of mobile telecommunications in the Middle East and now a major player on the African continent. We began life in 1983 in Kuwait as the region’s first mobile operator, and since the initiation of our “3x3x3” expansion strategy in 2002, we have expanded rapidly. As a leading mobile and data services operator in 6 Middle Eastern and 14 sub-Saharan African countries with 12,000 employees, we provide a comprehensive range of mobile voice and data services to over 25 million individual and business customers.
The company operates in Kuwait and Bahrain as mtc-vodafone, in Jordan as Fastlink, in Iraq as mtc atheer, in Lebanon as mtc touch, in Sudan as Mobitel and in 14 sub-Saharan countries in Africa as Celtel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria.
Listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (Code; Tele), MTC’s market capitalization exceeded US $14.4 billion as of December 31st 2006. For more visit:
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