Wataniya Telecom today opened its High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network, making it the first operator in the Middle East and Africa region to offer mobile services beyond 3G. The solution, provided by Nokia, covers Kuwait and enables Wataniya to offer a wide range of services, among which are audio and visual services, matching customers' expectations. This follows a supply agreement signed in May 2005.
HSDPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, offering breakthrough data speeds. In practice it means that consumers can access the Internet and obtain audio and video services with initial speeds ranging between 1-2 Mbps. The performance of the Nokia HSDPA solution makes real mass-market mobile multimedia possible, and shows further proof of Nokia's strength in advanced radio network technologies. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with over 20 contracts to date globally.
"Wataniya is proud to be a pioneer in introducing HSDPA in the Middle East and Africa region. Today, adopting Nokia's advanced solution complements Wataniya's strategy to develop the best in broadband services. We continue to offer seamless network access and multimedia content for our customers," said Harri Koponen, General Manager & CEO, Wataniya Telecom.
"Nokia is strongly committed to the Middle East and Africa markets, and is pleased to play a central role in the opening of the first HSDPA network in the region," said Walid Moneimne, Senior Vice President, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa region, Networks, Nokia. "We look forward to continuing our cooperation with Wataniya in bringing more attractive services to their customers in the region."
In May 2005, Nokia won a supply agreement from Wataniya that included the delivery of the Nokia HSDPA solution, supported by Nokia NetAct (TM) network service and management system, and extensive delivery, integration and care services.