Wataniya Signs Strategic Agreement with iBwave

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Wataniya Telecom Implements iBwave’s Software for Internal Wireless Networks in Kuwait

Wataniya Telecom, the leading operator in Kuwait has announced its strategic partnership with iBwave Solutions, the international provider of in-building standard design and planning software. The agreement signed with iBwave allows Wataniya to better plan, deploy and deliver unfailing wireless data and voice services to its mobile subscribers inside Kuwait’s commercial and office buildings, where they spend most of their time.

“Putting into consideration all architectural innovations taking place in Kuwait recently, Wataniya Telecom is deploying IBS (In-Building Solutions) for commercial buildings, shopping malls and schools for the last 10 years. Having a professional tool is quite essential in order to reinforce both design and logistical aspects of IBS solutions,” says Hisham Siblini, CTO of Wataniya Telecom. He pointed to the fact that “Partnering with iBwave, the market leader for IBS planning solutions will enable Wataniya Telecom to provide the highest service standards to its customers.”

Wataniya has understood the need to introduce and implement unfailing internal wireless network systems in the Middle-Eastern region where the spur in countless number of new high-rise constructions is driving the need to cover the latest and most cutting edge wireless technologies.

The iBwave Design software will allow Wataniya to confidently implement wireless HSPA technology networks, and enables ubiquitous coverage and roaming for the increased data traffic generated by proliferating smart phones.

“We are thrilled that Wataniya has trusted our expertise and has implemented our flagship software iBwave Design within their operations. We are confident that our products will help Wataniya develop the fastest and most reliable indoor wireless networks to support their mobile users and their increasing demands in data services,” says Mario Bouchard, President and CEO of iBwave. “Our business presence in the Middle-East has triggered the interest of leading wireless carriers like Wataniya, and with the surge of new high-rise buildings in that region, we trust that the operator will capitalize on its investment by strengthening the reliability of its mobile services.”

Wataniya will continue to profit from iBwave’s expertise by identifying innovative ways to increase their operational efficiency to meet their business objectives and satisfy their customer needs. The partnership with iBwave will help Wataniya expand their in-building infrastructure and networks in non-service areas to strengthen their quality of service and maintain a competitive edge in the region.

About Wataniya Telecom

Wataniya Telecom was commercially launched in 1999 as the first privately owned operator in Kuwait. In March 2007, Qatar Telecom (Qtel) acquired 51% of Wataniya Telecom shares from Kuwait Projects Company Holding KSC (KIPCO) group.

Wataniya is a customer driven company that aims to provide product and service excellence that is leading to a real customer value... The company has been a driving force in increasing the mobile market penetration in Kuwait (over 80%) Wataniya Telecom has grown rapidly through acquisitions and enjoys a remarkable expansion in MENA & ASIA. Driving operations in Kuwait, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and in Palestine.

About Qatar Telecom

(Qtel) is the exclusive telecommunications provider in Qatar. Its principal activities include local and international fixed telephone, mobile, Internet, data and cable television services. Qtel is committed to growing its presence in the Middle East and internationally and with Wataniya Telecom and its operations in the MENA region, Qtel is now active in 16 countries, including Qatar, Oman, Iraq, Singapore and Indonesia. In November 2006, Qtel acquired a strategic 38% equity stake with AT&T in NavLink, a leading provider of Managed Data Services to businesses in the Middle East. Qtel is a winner of the 2006 GCC Economic Award, and is listed on the Doha Securities Market, in addition to the exchanges in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and also has a listed GDR in London

About iBwave Solutions

iBwave is an international in-building wireless software company that delivers unique in-building wireless solutions to a client base composed of more than 150 global leading telecom operators, system integrators and equipment manufacturers in over 60 countries on five continents. iBwave offers industry-specific planning and design software solutions to answer the needs of the in-building wireless industry. RF engineers can take in-building network design beyond prediction to improve accuracy and standardize designs that are shared across the in-building community. iBwave’s mission is to create an adopted standard within its industry and to set specific guidelines for designing and planning in-building wireless solutions. http://www.ibwave.com

For further information please contact:

Laurence Trudeau
Manager Marketing & Communications
Tel: 1.514.397.0606 ext. 300
iBwave Solutions

Abdul Aziz Al Baalool
Public Relations Manager, Wataniya Telecom
Tel: 66366644
Wataniya Telecom


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