Tishknet will be first to deploy LTE TDD network in Iraq. Launch of network signals new partnership between Ericsson and Tishknet. Companies will establish a long term plan for LTE across Iraq.

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has partnered with Iraq’s leading internet and communications provider, Tishknet, to deploy the first LTE TDD network in the country. The agreement includes the latest LTE technology with the Ericsson RBS 6000 family of base stations. Also included is Ericsson’s Evolved Packet Core network, with Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 family of Smart Services Routers. The services will be launched in the northeastern Kurdistan region, providing an enhanced end user experience and high-speed internet connections to customers.

Customers in Iraqi Kurdistan, a strong business center for the international energy industry, will be able to access larger amounts of data efficiency through what is regarded as the most advanced ICT technology available to operators today.

Firia Ali, Chief Executive Officer at Tishknet said: “We have pioneered forward thinking technology in Iraq since 2011. Our customers’ needs are evolving rapidly and LTE provides them with access to innovative broadband services. The Kurdistan region is one of the country’s most active business hubs and we hope to roll out the service across other regions in the near future.”

Tishknet is a new customer to Ericsson and both companies will work together to establish a long term plan for LTE across Iraq.

Tarek Saadi, President of Ericsson’s North Middle East Unit says: “The power and success of LTE globally has highlighted the increasing need by the consumer for quick information access. The launch of LTE in Iraq is an indication of the country’s ICT sector growth and fast development. We will be working closely with Tishknet to further strengthen our relationship and optimize the benefits of LTE deployment across the country.”

4G/LTE is the fastest developing system in the history of mobile communication. LTE offers the capacity and the speed to handle a rapid increase in data traffic. According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, there will be 7 billion mobile broadband subscriptions in 2018. 60% of the world's population will have LTE coverage by 2018, which is remarkable growth since its initial launch at the end of 2009. Ericsson has delivered more than 160 LTE/EPC networks worldwide, of which more than 90 have gone live commercially, and has signed contracts with nine of the top ten ranked operators by global revenue 2012.

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