November 2, 2021 | telecom

Asiacell picks Ericsson to expand its LTE network


Asiacell, a leading telecom provider in Iraq, has extended its strategic partnership with Ericsson to enhance and improve LTE services in the country.

The ongoing project will see Ericsson modernizing and expanding Asiacell’s LTE network and supplying Asiacell with the latest Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment from the Ericsson Radio System.

Ericsson’s modernization and expansion of Asiacell’s LTE network will increase the network’s capacity to meet the rising demand on mobile broadband connectivity and further realize Asiacell’s market plans in the region.

Ericsson’s software and the latest RAN hardware will improve Asiacell’s user experience and optimize spectrum efficiency. Furthermore, the Ericsson’s Radio System (ERS) HW supplied by Ericsson supports multi-technology and multi-band operations that will cater to the current and future needs of Asiacell.

According to the June 2021Ericsson Mobility Report, LTE subscriptions worldwide increased by approximately 100 million during the first quarter of 2021. As LTE networks have been recently launched earlier this year, Ericsson’s state-of-the-art technologies will further improve the overall user experience for LTE consumers and enable Asiacell to offer superior data services nationwide in Iraq.

Amer Sunna, CEO and Managing Director of Asiacell, said: “Asiacell plays a vital role in raising the level of communications infrastructure in Iraq, that is why we ensure the latest technology readiness in everything we do. We are sure that our partnership with Ericsson will take our customers’ mobile experiences to a completely new level and help them realize the full promise of the Internet.

“Moreover, by enhancing our LTE network and offering the best and most advanced services we aim to boost digitalization efforts across the country and preserving Iraq’s prepared for the digital age.”

As digital transformation progresses across the country, with digital banking, data-driven financial systems, e-learning, and e-government services growing in popularity, the need for fast and reliable connectivity provided by LTE is paramount. Furthermore, emerging digital technologies that rely on 5G such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will play a vital role in the near future.

Kevin Murphy, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Levant Countries at Ericsson Middle East and Africa said: “Today’s new partnership with Asiacell marks an important milestone in supporting Asiacell enhancing their LTE services and bringing new communication capabilities across the country. As network technology is becoming a critical infrastructure for the development of any nation worldwide, we stay committed to continue supporting Asiacell in bringing the many possibilities of the next generation communication technologies to its customers.”

Ericsson has a long-standing partnership with Asiacell spanning nearly a decade and has constantly collaborated in elevating communications in the region including network design and optimization. Ericsson’s technology and solutions will help Asiacell meet the challenges of today’s multi-channel, multi-platform world and continue to deliver high-performing mobile services to its subscribers.

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