Ericsson to Enhance Korek's Iraq Mobile Network

Korek, one of the fastest growing mobile operators in Iraq, has selected Ericsson to modernize and expand its network by a network expansion and service quality improvement project. The agreement will prepare the network for 3G and LTE and further develop Iraq's telecom infrastructure.

Through the agreement, Ericsson will deploy and integrate new radio base stations across the country and thereby provide a higher performance and a better service quality for the entire Iraqi population.

Sirwan Saber Mustafa, the chairman and president of the board of directors at Korek Telecom, says, "Korek's focus on providing its customers with exceptional services has enabled it to reach three million subscribers in a very short period of time. Our commitment to establishing a stable and modern network in Iraq, and Ericsson's expertise will ensure that our customers are provided with a variety of enhanced services in our network."

As a leader in telecom services, Ericsson delivers more than 1,300 consulting, systems integration and learning services projects in multivendor and multi-technology environments to operators, enterprises and national security and public safety organizations every year. This level of experience along with Ericsson's ability to execute large scale network expansion and their expertise on the ground was key to the telecom services and equipment provider's success in expanding their working relationship with Korek.

Tarek Saadi, President - Ericsson North Middle East, says, "Korek's decision to upgrade its network capabilities reflects its impressive growth over the past few years and also demonstrates the potential of the country's telecommunications sector. We are very proud to continue our successful working relationship with Korek and hope that we continue to be one of their trusted partners in Iraq."

The addition of Ericson's multi standard radio base stations, RBS 6000, and a core network expansion including Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Mobile Packet Backbone Network (MPBN), will provide a better mobile broadband connectivity and improve the capacity of the network.

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