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October 22, 2010

Tellabs Enables 4G WiMax Services in Northern Iraq

By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributor

Fanoos Telecom is using the Tellabs SmartCore 9160 platform to deploy 4G WiMax services in northern Iraq.

Initially, the WiMax network deployment will be made in the Iraq cities of Sulaimaniyah, Mosul and Kirkuk.

Tellabs (News - Alert) said that its SmartCore platform was picked by Fanoos for its high performance and interoperability with multiple radio access network vendors. The rollout of services is expected to be complete by the end of 2010.

The Tellabs 9160 SmartCore platform is part of Tellabs Mobile Solutions and it enables high-capacity core network switching capabilities. The platform will enable the telecommunications service operator to create an interoperable wireless broadband system that can be expanded in future.

Fanoos also will use the Tellabs 9190 element manager for this deployment.

Commenting on the deal, Hiwa Rauf, CEO of Fanoos Telecom, said that this move is part of its strategy to offer the best wireless broadband services in Iraq.

The interoperability of the Tellabs SmartCore platform enables Fanoos Telecom to develop a complete network and avoid single vendor lock-in, added Rauf.

Tellabs said that its mobile solutions can enable location- and context-aware applications and services for the mobile Internet. The company also claims that its mobile packet core platform, coupled with its mobile backhaul expertise, can significantly raise the IQ of mobile networks.

"Fanoos Telecom is an exciting mobile operator, leading the way in a challenging market," said Rehan Jalil (News - Alert), senior vice president, IP and mobile Internet, at Tellabs. "The Tellabs SmartCore platform exceeds our customers' high demands. It's gaining popularity as 4G networks are deployed to empower the smart mobile Internet."

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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