In an effort to further develop Iraq’s telecom infrastructure and modernize and expand its network, Korek, the fastest growing mobile operator in Iraq, has recently selected Ericsson to implement a network expansion and service quality improvement project to prepare the network for 3G and LTE/4G.
Through this agreement, Ericsson’s role is to 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.
Tarek Saadi, President and Head of Ericsson North Middle East, said:
“The Iraqi market has great untapped potentials which are gradually being explored and utilized. As Iraqi operators are increasingly developing their networks to prepare them to 3G and LTE, we believe that it’s also time to move towards Mobile Broadband and leverage on these existing developments in order to keep up with the fast developing telecom market globally as well as regionally.”
Ericsson has been present in Iraq since November 2003 during which they were selected to supply a GSM mobile network for Korek. A year later, the company signed a contract with another GSM operator, ITPC, and due to the situation in Iraq, operations were carried out remotely from Dubai.
In January 2006, Ericsson Iraq operations were combined with Ericsson Jordan at one branch office located in Amman, and three years later in 2009 Ericsson’s Erbil office was officially inaugurated.