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Press Release -- May 21st, 2014
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Algérie Télécom, Nokia launch North Africa’s first commercial LTE network

  •  Nokia’s LTE solutions enable record high 150 Mbps broadband speed for Algerian subscribers
  • Nokia carried out first successful LTE trial for Algérie Télécom in 2012
  • Supplied its radio network for majority of the LTE network, including capital city Algiers

21 May 2014

Espoo, Finland – Nokia, the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, has deployed North Africa’s first commercial LTE network in Algeria for the state-owned operator, Algérie Télécom. Algérie’s subscribers can now enjoy world-class LTE broadband service experience with high speed services and improved coverage, thanks to Nokia’s LTE solutions including its Single RAN (radio access network) Advanced and comprehensive services.

“We had a huge demand for ultra-fast broadband network and greater coverage as the number of broadband subscribers was rapidly growing across the length and breadth of Algeria,” said Azouaou Mehmel, President and CEO of Algérie Télécom Group. “We wanted to fulfill these demands by building an LTE network with the latest technology available on the market. With our long-standing partner, Nokia, we carried out our first successful LTE trial, and the company became our first choice for building a superior LTE network. We are satisfied with the quality and speed of the rollout, and are impressed by Nokia’s services expertise.”

“We know that Algérie Télécom wants to provide their customers with services at par with those provided by leading LTE operators around the world, and trust that our advanced radio access infrastructure enables them to do exactly that,” said Igor Leprince, Senior Vice President, MEA, Networks, Nokia. “Our award-winning, energy-efficient, compact base station reduces capital and operating costs while our comprehensive global serices competence ensured a speedy rollout of the project.”

Under the contract, Nokia provided its Single RAN Advanced solution based on its high-capacity, scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for the majority of the LTE network. In addition, it deployed its cloud-ready NetAct for efficient network management across technologies. The company’s comprehensive services including network planning and optimization, network implementation, and care services such as hardware and software services ensured the speedy and smooth rollout. In addition, Nokia provided a security solution, which included a solution from Juniper Networks, in order to protect both the operator’s network assets and end users’ privacy.

Nokia is a leader in the commercialization and innovation of LTE and LTE-Advanced, with 141 LTE and TD-LTE network references worldwide. Nokia is supplier to the world’s first three commercially launched LTE-Advanced networks and most of the largest networks by LTE subscriber count. The company’s unique track record is based on award-winning platforms like the multi-technology, modular and weatherproof Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and the ingenious Liquid Radio LTE Software Suite and Smart Scheduler to maximize performance and optimize the use of radio spectrum.

For more information on Nokia’s mobile broadband capabilities, including a video overview, follow this link. To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion with @NSNtweets on Twitter using #mobilebroadband and #LTE. For expert insights, visit our blog.

Picture of Igor Leprince and Azouaou Mehmel available here.

About Algérie Télécom

Algérie Télécom is the incumbent telecommunication company in Algeria. Established in 2003, in the framework of the law 2000/03 of August 05th, 2000, regarding the reform and the restructurating of Posts and Telecommunications sector.

Algérie Télécom is therefore a corporation governed by the same law that confers the status of a public enterprise in the legal form of a joint-stock company “SPA”.

Its ambition is to be the best operator in Algeria with the best delivery of services with the best quality of service of fixed telephone and Internet. This ambition builds upon the existing large infrastructure, wide network coverage and high level technical performance. Algérie Télécom is committed not only to achieve sustainable growth in a competitive market but also to participate in the promotion of the information society in Algeria.

Algérie Télécom is the first telecommunication providing LTE technology in North Africa.

About Nokia

Nokia invests in technologies important in a world where billions of devices are connected. We are focused on three businesses: network infrastructure software, hardware and services, which we offer through Networks; location intelligence, which we provide through HERE; and advanced technology development and licensing, which we pursue through Technologies. Each of these businesses is a leader in its respective field.

Through Networks, Nokia is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly. //

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