Alcatel-Lucent kits out Iraq’s first 4G LTE network

Alcatel-Lucent and Regional Telecom, a communications service provider in Northern Iraq, are to launch the nation’s first 4G LTE network, providing the region with lightning-fast wireless broadband services including high-definition video streaming, high-speed Internet access and a range of business services.

The new network will be the first in Iraq to offer large-scale wireless broadband services, helping in the restoration of the nation’s communication infrastructure impacted by the tough times of political unrest. The network will provide significant support to ongoing efforts to revive the Iraqi economy, bringing levels of connectivity needed for business, public sector and consumer applications.

“Broadband services are the lifeblood of the modern digital economy” said Kawa Junad, Chairman, Regional Telecom. “But Iraq has been without widely available broadband for more than a decade, in effect cutting off the country, our businesses and our citizens from the rest of the world.

“The introduction of 4G LTE services in Northern Iraq promises to change that, making a significant contribution to the country’s efforts to rejoin the global community.”

For the project, Alcatel-Lucent is providing its end-to-end 4G LTE solution , including base stations, IP mobile backhaul for 4G LTE and existing 3G CDMA traffic, Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and elements of its platforms, which will allow Regional Telecom to introduce a rich portfolio of advanced IP-based services.

Amr K. El-Leithy, Head of Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Azerbaijan, Alcatel-Lucent said: “As a world leader in the innovation and delivery of 4G LTE networks, Alcatel-Lucent has the experience and expertise to support service providers in addressing the unique demands and expectations in the communities they serve – and this project with Regional Telecom is a perfect example.

“Our 4G LTE technology is helping meet customers’ data needs in some of the world’s busiest mobile broadband networks. At the same time we are also bringing broadband services to underserved regions to help promote economic growth and drive new business opportunities.”

The annoucement was made at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where Alcatel-Lucent is exhibiting this week.

CNME Editor Ben Rossi is reporting live from Mobile World Congress. Follow updates at and #MWC13.

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