In a promising endeavor that would revolutionize the world of Telecommunications in Lebanon, Alfa, the first Lebanese mobile operator managed by Orascom Telecom Holding, and Ericsson, the world’s leading telecom services provider, announced earlier this month that they have signed a partnership agreement for the deployment of the third-generation mobile communication technology (3G) in Lebanon.
The announcement coincides with Alfa‘s ongoing efforts to bring latest mobile technologies to users through introducing and delivering new and innovative services, while at the same time, expanding coverage and outreach.
Alfa Chairman & CEO, Mr. Marwan Hayek commented: "With trends in the dynamic telecommunications world progressing and evolving day after day, mobile users are not anymore voice centric. Indeed, mobile handsets have become an all-in-one platform enabling users to stay connected with their society either by voice, data, media or social networking. Alfa‘s 3G deployment will be tailored to meet specific Lebanese consumers’ needs with better voice quality and a bouquet of tailor made applications and services." Hayek continued: "Since Orascom Telecom Holding, took over the management of Alfa, we have embarked on an expansion plan from day one, and, once again, we will deliver latest mobile services to our customers through this renewed partnership with Ericsson, the best in class Telecom provider."
This new Alfa-Ericsson partnership comes to cement further an ongoing and long standing relationship between both parties that has traced over the years a proven track record of delivering successful projects, always on time. Commenting on the win, Tarek Saadi, President – Ericsson in North Middle East, said: "We are proud of our deep seeded roots in Lebanon with uninterrupted presence for that past 60 years. Today in Lebanon we employ more than 300 local engineers, technicians, and support staff. We are very excited about this new deal with Alfa which gives us an opportunity to contribute in bringing mobile broadband. Mobile broadband has transformed societies around the globe and has proven to improve productivity as well as education in effect increasing national wealth. These are exciting times when the Internet has gone mobile and broadband access through HSPA+ (very fast interconnection) allows the majority of customers, fast, and reliable connection to numerous applications including popular social-networking sites."
Alfa is the brand name of the first Lebanese mobile network managed by "Orascom Telecom Holding" (OTH) since February 2009. Alfa capitalizes on OTH expertise in the telecom field in order to deliver a global and professional solution for the GSM sector in Lebanon. Alfa has more than 1.2 million subscribers. For more information: www.alfa.com.lb
About Orascom Telecom
Orascom Telecom is a leading international telecommunications company operating GSM networks in high growth markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, having a total population under license of approximately 506 million with an average mobile telephony penetration of approximately 48% as of September 30th, 2010. Orascom Telecom operates GSM networks in Algeria ("OTA"), Pakistan ("Mobilink"), Egypt ("Mobinil"), Bangladesh ("banglalink"), North Korea ("koryolink") and Canada ("Wind Mobile") through its indirect equity shareholding in Globalive Wireless. In addition it has an indirect equity ownership in Telecel Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe) and through its subsidiary Telecel Globe; OTH also operates in Burundi, the Central African Republic and Namibia. Orascom Telecom reached almost 98 million subscribers as of September 30th, 2010. Orascom Telecom is traded on the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchange under the symbol (ORTE.CA, ORAT EY), and on the London Stock Exchange its GDR is traded under the symbol (ORTEq.L, OTLD LI). For more information visit www.orascomtelecom.com.
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Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.
Ericsson has been doing business in Lebanon for 60 years now. Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the "prime driver in an all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 80,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 206.5 billion (USD 27.1 billion) in 2009. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.
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