Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC), the leading GSM network operator in Kuwait, has announced the introduction of nationwide General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) high-speed mobile data services over a Motorola network. MTC is the first company in Kuwait to introduce GPRS and currently has soft-launched the service for a small number of its customers. Complete commercial service is scheduled for September 2002.
The GPRS network infrastructure contract with Motorola's Global Telecom Solutions Sector (GTSS), valued at an estimated $4.6 million, was signed in June 2002. It will provide for the countrywide implementation of Motorola's GPRS Core network solution that includes the Service GPRS Support Node (SGSN) and OMC-G supplied by Motorola Computer Group and the Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) from Cisco Systems, Inc. The announcement reflects the continuing strong relationship between Motorola and MTC, which began in 1994 when Motorola began supplying MTC with Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications networks.
"MTC prides itself in continuously enhancing its GSM network and this latest contract with Motorola is proof of this dedication," comments Ahmad Mohammad Al Nassar, chairman and managing director, MTC. "Our strong and close relationship with Motorola ensures that our network can evolve at the same pace as new technical developments, always delivering a superb quality of service to our customers every time."
"As the enabler behind MTC's deployment of its new GPRS network, we've helped MTC open the door to a new world of wireless data services and Internet-based content via a mobile terminal for their customers," said Jeff Cherif, general manager for the Middle East and Africa region for Motorola's GTSS. "We've also helped them protect their investment since the Motorola GPRS radio network is implemented over an existing GSM network with a software load and packet control unit addition."
The launch of GPRS service in Kuwait is indicative of the strong and growing demand for wireless services in the Middle East, and further strengthens Motorola's position as a leading supplier of GPRS networks and wireless data solutions in this key growth market.