By Shane McGinley
UAE telco says deal could see it customers' mobile battery life increase by 50%
Du, the UAE’s second largest telecommunications operator, has signed a AED400m ($108.9m) deal with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade its mobile network operations in the UAE.
NSN has been contracted to expand du’s 2G network and introduce its 3G HSPA+ network with speeds of up to 42Mb, it was confirmed in a statement from du on Sunday.
Du’s statement claimed that the use of NSN software would reduce signaling load in the network and “extends the battery life of end users’ handsets by up to 50 percent.”
“This comes in line with du’s ongoing strategy for mobile network development” said Hatem Bamatraf, senior vice president of network development at du.
“Nokia Siemens Networks will help us upgrade and modernise our network to improve coverage, and enhance our customers’ communication experience on the move in services such as internet browsing, email, mobile TV, voice and video mail among other value added services,” he added.
Earlier this month, du confirmed that it had signed a $255m financing agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China, allowing it to repay an existing short term $85m loan and continue the expansion of its 3G network.
The agreement followed closely from a $207m financing agreement du agreed last month to buy products and services from network vendor Nokia Siemens Networks.
Osman Sultan, CEO of du, said the agreement was part of a "carefully executed plan" and “will help us meet the demand for superior coverage and capacity in the UAE, which will further benefit du's customer base.”
Can DU make my TV and land line work its only been
3 months ?