Nokia wins radio network contract with Warid Telecom in Bangladesh

Turnkey deal marks new customer for Nokia; Significant services element also included

(PresseBox) ( Espoo, Finland, )
Nokia has won a radio network contract from Warid Telecom for the company's greenfield operations in Bangladesh. The contract marks a new customer for Nokia in one of the world's fastest-growing mobile markets. Deliveries have begun, and the network will be launched later this year.
As part of the contract, which covers the key Dhaka administrative district, Nokia will supply its leading UltraSite base station solution, helping Warid meet increasing demand for higher voice and data traffic in a cost-effective way. Nokia's extensive services offerings are also part of the contract, including Nokia's NetAct network and service management solution, and installation, planning and project management services.

Chief Executive Officer of Warid Telecom International L.L.C., Bashir A. Tahir, says: "Warid Telecom is pleased to partner with Nokia. We chose Nokia to supply its state-of-the-art radio network in the Dhaka capital area because we are confident that Nokia's solutions will help us to respond to the customer requirements in the rapidly growing Bangladeshi market. We have built a best-in-class network in Pakistan, and we have the same ambition here. For us to build a strong market leadership in Bangladesh, it is vital that we have a partner who does not only have a strong technology roadmap and global experience but a proven track record and a long-term commitment to this country."

"Although we are a late entrant, Warid Telecom has an aggressive roll out plan that will see us reach the entire Bangladesh population within one year. We will also ensure that we offer our Bangladeshi brethren a wide range of differentiating services that will add value to their lives, as well as redefine customer service in the country," he adds.

"Nokia is delighted and honored to be working with Warid Telecom for the first time," says Ricky Corker, Asia Pacific Vice President, Networks, Nokia. "The contract shows Nokia's commitment to New Growth Markets such as Bangladesh, and is a further step in our drive to lower the total cost of ownership for consumers and spread the benefits of mobility."

Nokia has been a pioneer in bringing mobility to New Growth Markets. Nokia estimates the number of mobile subscribers to grow to three billion in 2008, and around 80 percent of this growth will come from fast-growing markets such as Bangladesh. Nokia expects that Asia-Pacific and China will account for 50 percent of the next billion subscribers.

About Warid Telecom
Warid Telecom is owned by the Abu Dhabi Group led by His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan. The group is one of the largest in the Middle East and has diversified business interests ranging from oil and gas exploration, hospitality services, telecommunications, banking and financial services, automobile industries and property development. The group has a large presence in the Pakistani market and owns Bank Alfalah Ltd., the 5th largest and one of the country's premier consumer banks, as well as a substantial stake in United Bank Limited, the 3rd largest bank with substantial presence abroad.

Warid Telecom has implemented a new and modern corporate identity as a result of the dynamic changes taking place in the telecom industry. With a reflection of a new strategy, our aim is to be perceived not only as a telecommunication operator of voice services, but also as a universal provider of comprehensive communications services for both residential and business customers. Warid's corporate identity seeks to reflect the changes in telecom sector in relation to helping customers keep pace with rapidly changing technology in the field of communication, and to harmonize the customers' perception of our brand with the quality and range of our services. Our objective is to provide optimum level of support and care through our highly skilled and motivated team of professionals and through maximum network coverage and clear connectivity that we have committed to provide.
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