DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Kalimat Telecom, winner of Iraqs first national
license to provide a fullscale fixed wireless network, today awarded a USD 275
million infrastructure contract to Huawei Technologies. The KalimatHuawei
Memorandum of Understanding, signed this morning in the presence of Kalimats
President and CEO, Mr. Wilson Varghese and Mr. Li Huang, Vice President Huawei
Tech. Investment Corp, is one of several Kalimat agreements formalized this
A USD 1 billion consortium of specialist vendors assembled by Kuwaitbased Trade
Links Middle East, Kalimat Telecom aims to enter every home, business,
governmental and nongovernmental institution in Iraq and deliver five million
CDMA lines of service by 2011. The consortium won the 10year wireless license
from Iraqs Communications and Media Commission in September 2006.
Huawei, a global leader in telecom network solutions, will execute the project
in four phases beginning in September 2007. The Chinese technology vendor will
supply and provide deployment services for CDMA base stations and help create a
topoftheline allIP network infrastructure.
Wilson Varghese, President and CEO of Kalimat Telecom, said Huaweis technology
will enable significantly faster and more costeffective services.
This is the first time Iraq is witnessing a fullscale deployment of fixed
wireless technology across the country, not just in urban clusters but in remote
areas as well, Varghese said. Kalimat Telecom will be the first to serve not
only the Iraqi household but also its up and coming small/medium enterprise
market, he added.
Huawei will play a vital role in Kalimats planned rollout of the Iraqi
wireless local loop (WLL) network, extend its next generation network to more
than 5,000 towns and create the Middle Easts largest wireless telecom network,
Varghese said. We are extremely proud of our association with Huawei, and are
confident of delivering on our promises.
Our aim is to provide a nationwide stateoftheart network that can withstand
the voice call and data transfer and media volumes predicted over the next 25
years, while remaining versatile and flexible enough to accommodate technologies
that will rise during that time, Varghese said.
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