Korek prepares for high-speed mobile broadband, expands 2G network in southern Iraq

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Chooses Nokia Siemens Networks for radio, microwave, core network elements; Also opts for turnkey services, and renews managed services and care contract

Korek Telecom, a leading telecom operator in Iraq, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy its advanced radio, microwave transmission and packet core network elements, using its comprehensive services.

Korek Telecom customers in southern Iraq will soon experience high-speed mobile broadband and better voice call services with improved coverage. For this, Korek Telecom, a leading telecom operator in Iraq, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy its advanced radio, microwave transmission and packet core network elements, using its comprehensive services. The operator has also renewed its care and managed services contract with the company.

“We wanted to provide better internet experience and improved voice call services for our customers in Iraq,” said Ghada Gebara, Chief Executive Officer, Korek Telecom. “To achieve this, we needed a globally renowned technology partner, so we selected Nokia Siemens Networks. With Nokia Siemens Networks’ advanced radio and core network technology, we will soon be able to introduce high-speed mobile broadband and enhanced voice services to our customers in southern Iraq.”

“To fulfill the needs of Korek Telecom which is growing fast in the Iraqi telecom market, we are committed to providing strong technology support to the operator,” said Mikko Ylä-Kauttu, head of customer team Korek Telecom at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our radio and core network will ensure more throughput, improved coverage and higher quality to help Korek Telecom satisfy existing customers and attract new ones. In addition, our comprehensive services will ensure the rollout is fast and efficient, with everything working seamlessly.”

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks provides Korek Telecom with its Flexi Direct that simplifies network planning, lowers capital and operating costs for operators, and reduces data transmission delay, thus ensuring high-speed broadband for end users. At present, Nokia Siemens Networks is the only vendor providing fully flat architecture for HSPA in the global telecom market. As part of its radio network, Nokia Siemens Networks also provides its Single RAN* (radio access network) platform, which is based on its compact and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station, to support Korek Telecom’s 2G and 3G networks and ready it for the future with LTE capability.

As part of the core network, the company supplies its Liquid Core** based Evolved Packet Core*** (EPC) platform, including Flexi Network Server (NS) and Flexi Network Gateway (NG). Its Intelligent Packet Core enables service-aware charging functionality so that Korek Telecom can provide stable access to various data service plans, and a security solution that safeguards the data content.

In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks supplies its NetAct network management system for consolidated and effective monitoring, management and optimization of Korek Telecom’s networks across all radio technologies. To ensure a smooth and efficient rollout, the company is providing its full turnkey services, while also delivering professional services which include network planning and optimization, system integration, and network operation. The deal also includes Nokia Siemens Networks’ network implementation, and care services including hardware, software and competence development services.

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About Korek Telecom
Korek Telecom is the fastest growing mobile operator in Iraq. Korek Telecom offers the largest and most reliable mobile network. Our network covers the entire country and its cutting edge technology ensures we match the best network quality with best in class services.

Serving the 18 provinces of Iraq, Korek offers a comprehensive range of wireless communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Employing the most sophisticated GSM technology, Korek’s main differentiator is providing customers with the best quality network and services with best value.

Korek Telecom is a shared limited company registered in Iraq to operate and provide GSM services. Korek started operating in Iraq in year 2000, notably in the north of Iraq and it is the oldest Iraqi Telecom company. On August 17th, 2007 Korek was awarded a nationwide mobile license and Korek is now covering a total population of more than 32 million inhabitants. Korek’s Headquarter is in Erbil – Iraq: http://www.korektel.com/

About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.4 billion euros in 2012. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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*Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN simplifies mobile network architecture, rollouts, and operations by providing multiradio networks with a common hardware platform. It has an industry-leading track record in refarming GSM frequencies to new efficient technologies such as HSPA+ and LTE using the same radio frequency hardware. Single RAN consists of the award-winning, multi-technology, compact, modular and weatherproof Flexi Multiradio Base Station.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN and its evolution Single RAN Advanced has been adopted by close to 300 operators worldwide and has over 80 refarming references today, including the world’s first WCDMA refarming network implementation in 2007.

**Part of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Liquid Net, Liquid Core enables operators to simultaneously run various core network elements on the same hardware platform. It provides extreme hardware efficiency and flexibility with the automated network management of core networks. Nokia Siemens Networks’ Liquid Core is built on Core Virtualization and iSON (intelligent Self-Organizing Networks) Core. With Core Virtualization, core network software applications can run on commercial off-the-shelf ATCA platforms or IT server blade platforms, depending on the operator’s preference. This increases the efficiency of the core network, channeling capacity to the right applications in order to handle sudden traffic changes. With iSON Core technology, the rapid allocation of resources can be managed more efficiently to meet changing demands. Since the network management is automated, the operator can make the most of its core network investment while improving operational efficiency and network stability.

Nokia Siemens Networks has 180 Open Core System customers worldwide with over 80 live core networks. And more than 500 operators serving 1.8 billion subscribers have selected the Nokia Siemens Networks core products, which are now available on the Liquid Core platform. In 2011, Nokia Siemens Networks’ Open Core System won the category of ‘Best LTE Core Network Product’ at the LTE North America Awards.

***Nokia Siemens Networks’ Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution consists of Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). It has unique 4D-scaling capabilities that help operators prepare for mobile broadband growth in four dimensions: data throughput handling to accommodate data traffic explosion; signaling capacity to deal with smartphones; a large number of data sessions for multiple data connections per subscriber; and service intelligence for operators’ revenue and resource optimization. Among our EPC customers are leading operators such as NTT DOCOMO and T-Mobile USA.

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