Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, announced that Warid Group, the fast-growing mobile service provider in South Asia and Africa, has selected Huawei to deploy an advanced IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) system in Uganda. Huawei will construct the IMS core network and integrate it with the WiMAX access network, helping Warid to offer VoIP and IP-based multimedia services.
Under the agreement, Huawei will also provide GSM network components, wireless base stations, a VAS (Value-Added Service) platform, long-distance/international gateway offices and the IP bearer network to help Warid build a future-oriented all-IP network.
Warid is one of the first service providers in the world to offer IMS over WiMAX. By providing wireless access to data and voice services, Warid will be able to quickly provide customers with the advanced services they demand. A wide range of services will be provided to both business users and consumers, including voice, IP Centrex, multimedia communications, prepaid and other value-added services. By leveraging Huawei’s innovative technologies, Warid will also be able to deploy advanced Fixed-Mobile-Convergence services to attract more subscribers, and improve its competitive edge without having to make additional investments.
Since the contract was signed, progress on the project has been excellent, with the Core/IMS equipment installation nearing completion. The first IP call was made over the IMS network on 3 September 2007.
“Huawei as the mainstream equipment supplier, provides us with innovative industry core solutions, which we believe will keep us always one step ahead of the competition in terms of both technologies and networks.” said Mr. Bashir Tahir, CEO of Warid.
“Sophisticated services providers like Warid are seizing opportunities to bring the benefits of FMC to new markets.” Commented Ding Yun, vice president of Huawei. “Huawei is excited to be part of this effort. Our IMS products are successfully deployed in both large and small networks and are rapidly proving the value of this architecture. Our total commitment to customer partnership means that Warid is assured of having a network for the future.”
About Warid Telecom
Warid Telecom is owned by the Abu Dhabi Group led by His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan. The group is one of the largest in the Middle East and has diversified business interests ranging from oil and gas exploration, hospitality services, telecommunications, banking and financial services, automobile industries and property development. The group has a large presence in the Pakistani market and owns Bank Alfalah Ltd., the 5th largest and one of the country's premier consumer banks, as well as a substantial stake in United Bank Limited, the 3rd largest bank with substantial presence abroad and the telecommunication operator “Wateen”. Warid Telecom has now a very large and growing presence in Bangladesh.
About Huawei Technologies
Huawei Technologies is a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world. The company is dedicated to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and potential growth for its customers. Huawei’s products and solutions are deployed in over 100 countries and serve 31 of the world’s top 50 operators, as well as over one billion users worldwide.