December 23, 2020 | telecom

Nokia wins Asiacell optimisation deal in Iraq

Agreement covers nationwide Network Planning and Optimisation Services (NPO) for Asiacell’s Iraq mobile operations across 7,000 sites


Finnish mobile equipment provider, Nokia, has won a major contract with Asiacell Telecom in Iraq, to overhaul the operator’s mobile networks across the country.

Iraq’s largest telecoms provider has chosen Nokia to provide nationwide network optimisation services for two years, from January 2021.

Nokia will provide Asiacell Telecom with a multi-vendor optimisation service that includes deployment of its Network Planning and Optimisation (NPO) Services for RAN, Transmission, IP, and Core network elements across 7,000 sites in Iraq. With Nokia’s fully customisable service concept, Asiacell Telecom is able to exploit the full potential of the network and maintain quality.

“Strengthening our partnership with Nokia is in line with our strategy to focus on improving network performance and quality of service to our customers and enhancing the end-user experience. For us, Nokia’s network optimisation capabilities has been one of the key strategic investments and we are pleased to expand this partnership further for two more years,” said Amer Sunna, CEO and Managing Director of Asiacell.

As part of the partnership, Nokia will assist Asiacell with its ambition to become the top mobile network operator in Iraq, by maximising Asiacell’s network and service performance using automation and tools that serve Asiacell customers round the clock.

“The Iraq mobile market is relatively young and highly competitive, so it makes sense that Asiacell has turned to us to help optimise its network and reduce its operational costs. We look forward to bringing together global expertise with local insights to fully meet the needs of Asiacell Telecom,' said Rima Manna, Head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia.

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