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Wataniya Telecom brings first trial of EDGE to Kuwait

Kuwait: Sunday, February 08 - 2004 @ 11:30

Fuad Al Ablani, Assistant General Manager, Wataniya Telecom said: “We are proud to be the first operator in Kuwait to demonstrate this technology. Having been in the market only since 1999, Wataniya Telecom has achieved recognition on both the local and regional level for being a market leader in mobile communication services. Building on this achievement, we continue to roll out the best technology in the market for our customers, enhancing the communication portfolio we offer to maintain our leadership and exceeding customer expectations.”

Wataniya Telecom announced its plans to launch EDGE-based advanced network services to subscribers in Kuwait in 2004. The EDGE technology supports high-speed data access at rates up to four times the speed of current GPRS network technologies, allowing rich multimedia services, including real-time streamed video and audio, effective download of movie and sound clips and high resolution photography.

Leveraging the knowledge gained through use of the existing GPRS standard, EDGE is set to deliver fundamental improvements in broadband mobile data communications technologies.

EDGE, an acronym for Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution, supports data rates up to and beyond four times the speed of current GPRS technologies, which means rich multimedia content can be made available to mobile users.

“EDGE means giving access to the kinds of streaming video and movie clips that are so popular on the Internet today. People will be able to send and receive movie messages easily, as well as having high speed Internet to mobile devices, PDAs and laptops,” said Ablani.

According to Soenke Peters, Vice President, Siemens mobile networks, demand for sophisticated applications is growing across different categories of mobile communication, driving the need for increased bandwidth and smooth traffic. “We are very pleased to be a key part in this project with Wataniya Telecom, with our joint objective to bring world class technology to the Middle East. Siemens mobile continues to work side by side with Wataniya Telecom, to support their strategy to expand locally and regionally,” he added.

EDGE is the first milestone achievement towards fulfilling Wataniya’s complete vision for the future of mobile communications as a content-rich platform for people to communicate in new and more powerful ways. Al Ablani added: “We’re committed to exploring all arenas for the benefit of our customers, and to maintain our leadership position in the market. Demonstrating EDGE at this exhibition reinforces this position and gives Kuwaitis perhaps a little taste of how Wataniya is investing to build new and more powerful services in the future.”

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