Ericsson Wins Iraq Network Expansion Deal

By John Lee.

Swedish telecom company Ericsson has been selected to expand the Iraqi Telecom and Post Company's (ITPC) wireline network with a transition to next generation network.

According to a report from Trade Arabia, the partnership strengthens the five-year relationship between the companies and positions Ericsson as the sole supplier for ITPC’s core network.

The expansion, which is the only wireline deployment in Iraq, will ultimately cater to an additional four million subscribers and provide enhanced quality of service.

Amir Al-Bayati, Deputy Minister of Communication for Technical Affairs in Iraq, said:

"Our aim is to always satisfy our customers with the best customer experience. This deployment is particularly exciting as it will put us one step closer to our goal of satisfying our customers and grow our network to nine million subscribers by 2015, adding four million subscribers to our subscriber base.

"Ericsson first deployed the network, and choosing them for this expansion was a natural decision. We have all confidence in Ericsson capabilities to deliver beyond our expectations."

Tarek Saadi, president, Ericsson North Middle East Region, commented:

"We are eager to build on the network and help ITPC modernize the service for current and future subscribers. ITPC’s customers will now embark into the first steps towards the Networked Society as broadband connectivity is introduced."

ITPC currently has 1.7 million subscribers.

(Source: Trade Arabia)

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