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Huawei unveils its vision for Middle Eastern service providers

United Arab Emirates: Monday, March 27 - 2006 @ 12:55

This will encompass all its market segments including consumers, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises.

The company outlined its vision to key operators in the region at the recently held Mobile Service On-Site Conference and User Group Seminar in the Maldives. Around 80 delegates representing key operators in the Middle East, Africa and Asia attended the event, jointly hosted by Huawei and Wataniya Maldives. The conference was anchored by a series of distinguished keynote speakers including Mark Hanna, CEO of Wataniya Telecom, Suvit Arayavilaipong, assistant vice president, AIS Thailand, Eden Zoller, principal analyst, Ovum, Liu Cheng Min, executive vice president, Tencent Technology and the guest of honor, Ibrahim Zuhair, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Maldives.

With the shift in focus from network to service to customers, telecom operators and suppliers are increasingly using IT services to create value for business users and to offer content and entertainment for end users. Value distribution is shifting towards terminal and business services and to meet this challenge, Huawai is preparing for rapid service roll out and for the convergence of network and service transformation.

“We will focus on speed, quality and cost to provide our customers with total network and end to end solutions, enabling them to take advantage of future network aggregation,” said Edward Deng, president-global marketing, Huawei Technologies. “Today carriers are competing on a broader scale and the revenue structure is changing but with our investments in research and development, our ready to market product portfolio is well positioned to help operators meet new challenges and reap the benefit of new technologies.”

Recent advances in mobile technology have made it possible to reduce capital and operational expenditures (CapEx and OpEx) while deploying networks with greater optimisation, manageability, and ease of new service deployment. Collaborating with innovative mobile operators, Huawei aims to transform the design, profitability and cost effectiveness of mobile networks. As a result, mobile operators will be able deploy innovative, converged architectures to deliver new mobile services while taking advantage of existing network efficiencies.

“Huawei has dedicated resources to the evolving mobile network market and to understand the requirements for the move to optimised third-generation and fourth-generation (3G/4G) mobile network services and architectures,” added Deng.

Focusing on new themes like ring back tones, messaging, and charging, participants discussed functional requirements, marketing and operational issues and case studies from key operators.

“Our partnership with Wataniya Telecom is another example of our commitment to the regional market,” commented Deng on the contract signed last year for the construction of 2G/3G core network, a whole set of mobile service platforms and a UMTS RAN system to Wataniya. Under this agreement, Huawei will provide a unified 2G/3G core network which supports the dual access of the GSM and UMTS radio networks, helping Wataniya save on costs and deployment time.

“The construction of 2.5G/3G intelligent networks and mobile data service platforms in Maldives was a key challenge for Wataniya,” said Perihane Metaweh, chief technology officer of Wataniya Telecoms Maldives. “Laying the groundwork for this network was a real challenge given the limited land mass of the islands; but we worked hand in hand with Huawei and overcame this difficulty. We look forward to working with Huawei to improve the quality of service in the Maldivian mobile telecommunications industry.”

In the Middle East, Huawei has had exceptional growth in the region since it began operations in 2001 and currently has 20 branches across 28 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market. Globally, its contract sales for 2005 reached $ 8.2 billion, representing a year-over-year growth rate of over 40 per cent. The company’s customer portfolio includes 28 of the world’s top 50 carriers like British Telecom, Vodafone and Telefonica among others.

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