Iraq’s Asiacell partners Ericsson to expand network coverage

Iraqi operator is aiming to enhance its connectivity using latest Swedish technology

Ericsson is working with Asiacell to improve the Iraqi firm's network coverage. Bloomberg
Ericsson is working with Asiacell to improve the Iraqi firm's network coverage. Bloomberg

Iraqi telcommunications company Asiacell joined forces with Swedish networking and telecoms firm Ericsson to expand its network coverage.

“In order to be equipped with the latest network solutions, we are joining hands with our long-standing partner Ericsson to utilise their proven international experience,” Amer Sunna, chief executive and managing director of Asiacell, said on Thursday.

Asiacell has more than 14 million users and covers more than 99 per cent of Iraq's population, providing services in all 19 provinces.

This agreement is a continuation of a long-term partnership between Ericsson and Asiacell to enhance the latter's network performance across the country. Under the agreement, Ericsson will offer round-the-clock network monitoring, problem resolution and performance enhancement services.

Political unrest in Iraq has battered the telecoms sector and created a difficult operating environment. However, Iraq offers a huge market for companies building telecoms infrastructure, such as Ericsson, with many undeveloped areas requiring repair or complete reconstruction of damaged towers.

“Users expect the highest levels of network quality, which ultimately depends on successful and reliable connectivity," said Mr Sunna.

“Ericsson’s artificial intelligence-based network is designed to improve network performance with completely new levels of speed, scalability and effective results,” said Rafiah Ibrahim, head of Ericsson in Middle East and Africa region.

Ericsson's partnership with Asiacell will enable users to stream live in addition to other interactive communication services and social networking, added Mr Ibrahim.

Updated: July 11, 2019 07:07 PM


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