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Motorola gets major WiMAX contract for Saudi Arabia
Posted: 20-Mar-2008 [Source: Motorola]

[Motorola announces a $165 million WiMAX 802.16e contract with Atheeb Telecom in Saudi Arabia.]

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia -- Motorola, Inc. today announced a $165 million WiMAX 802.16e infrastructure contract with Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication Company (Atheeb) that will enable the new service provider to offer compelling and unique broadband services to subscribers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Atheeb selected Motorola based on Motorola's global leadership and ability to deliver a fully integrated end-to-end nationwide WiMAX solution. The contract includes the delivery of Motorola's new WAP 800 access point, featuring smart antenna technology, plus a comprehensive service package including end-to-end delivery of network planning, installation, optimization and support services. Broadband will be available to customers across the Kingdom, reaching into areas of demand that until now have been underserved.

Ali Amer, vice president, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility said, "Motorola is delighted to be working side by side with Atheeb to address the appetite of Saudi customers for high-speed communications. This will be delivered utilizing Motorola's leading, cost- effective, and proven WiMAX 802.16e technology and services. Users demand connectivity whether they're at home or in the office, and Motorola is excited to work with Atheeb to meet this from concept to reality."

Motorola is a global leader in WiMAX with 19 WiMAX contracts and more than 75 engagements in 44 countries worldwide. The WAP 800 access point technology to be deployed with Atheeb has 4 transmit and 8 receive antennas per sector providing optimal coverage and uplink data performance.

A portion of the contract will be financed by Motorola

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