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Qatar Telecom gets smartphone friendly as it prepares for LTE

Operator selects Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize and upgrade its 3G network

(PresseBox) (Doha, Qatar, ) Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is offering its subscribers an improved smartphone experience, including faster broadband speeds, while paving the way for nextgeneration Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. To make this happen, the operator has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its network and enhance capacity.

"Qtel prides itself in offering unmatched service quality for its subscribers, and it's important that we continue to improve the experience for them," said Khalil Ibrahim Al-Emadi, executive director for networks at Qtel. "With Nokia Siemens Networks, we are not only able to deliver the most smartphone friendly network that delivers a faster, better broadband experience, but also able to take the first step towards the future of mobile broadband and LTE."

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks has supplied its unique Single RAN* offering, including its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and all-IP backhaul technology, increasing Qtel's 3G network capacity and enabling a smooth transition to higherspeed HSPA+ and LTE networks. The company has also deployed its NetAct network management system to monitor, manage and optimize the network. Additionally, Nokia Siemens Networks continues to operate Qtel's network under an existing managed services contract.

"As competition in Qatar's telecom market intensifies, Qtel is focused on ensuring that it maintains its market and technological leadership," said Shady Makhlouf, head of the Qtel customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. "Our solution and services are ensuring that Qtel's network is ready to offer end users a differentiated, nextgeneration mobile broadband experience."

About Qatar Telecom

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is the telecommunications service provider licensed by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) to provide both fixed and mobile telecommunications services in the state of Qatar. We have a presence in 16 countries and we are committed to expansion both in the MENA region and South East Asia. Our vision is to be among the top 20 telecommunications companies in the world by 2020.

Notes to Editors

Nokia Siemens Networks' Single RAN implements 2G, 3G and LTE technologies in one radio access network, enabling an excellent, seamless user experience. The Single RAN solution is based on multistandard, 2G/3G/LTEcapable platforms, such as the softwaredefined Flexi Multiradio Base Station that does not require any hardware modifications over time. With its 210W triple multicarrier power amplifier in a 25liter durable case, the Flexi is the greenest, smallest and highest performing base station in the industry.

The Single RAN platforms are complemented by additional capabilities including network management and optimization, spectral efficiency features for maximum throughput, integrated IP transport, flat network architecture, and site solutions that enable the smooth introduction of new technology.

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Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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