Du awards Nokia US$190 million service/network deal

Nokia has won a managed services contract from "du" (a new participant in the growing United Arab Emirates (UAE) market) whereby it is to supply the entire core and a large proportion of the radio network for GSM/GPRS/EDGE and WCDMA 3G. The deal is valued as worth at least US$190 million.

"du" is a new customer for Nokia. "du" CEO Osman Sultan has stated that the company's strategy is focused on investing in an advanced fixed and mobile network based on the latest 2G and 3G mobile technologies, and a fixed-line Next Generation Network. 

Dr Walid Moneimne, Senior Vice-President, Central Europe , Middle East and Africa , Networks, Nokia believes that for a new operator a fast network roll-out and professional management of the network are of crucial importance. Extensive managed services and system integration capability, combined with comprehensive and high-class product portfolio, enable customers to provide innovative mobile services. 

Under the agreement, Nokia will establish du's network operations. This includes, but is not limited to,

  • the GPRS core;  
  • 3GPP Release 4 Nokia MSC Server System (MSS) and Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution;  
  • latest value-added services platforms such as Nokia Push to talk over Cellular (PoC), Presence, Multimedia Messaging Service Centre (MSSC), and Intelligent Service Node (ISN); and  
  • the unique multi-technology and multi-vendor Nokia NetAct network and service management system. 

 

Currently, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), 64 operators are deplo yi ng or operating both WCDMA and EDGE. Nokia supplies either or both technologies to over half of the commercially launched WCDMA/EDGE networks. 

* "du" is the registered brand of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), a publicly listed company specialising in customer service and preparing to provide mobile, fixed line, internet and Pay TV services in the UAE. It is 50% owned by the Federal Government with the remaining 50% divided equally between Mubadala Development Company and Emirates Communications and Technology Company LLC (ECTC). Holding the second national mobile licence in UAE, ?du? currently provides fixed line, TV and high speed internet services to residential and business customers in Dubai under the DIC telecom & Samacom names.  

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Nokia is also taking a large systems integration responsibility.  

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