Fanoos Telecom Deploys Tellabs for 4G WiMAX Network

Tellabs® SmartCore(TM) 9160 platform enables multiple radio access vendors

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Fanoos Telecom selected the Tellabs® SmartCore(TM) 9160 platform to deploy 4G WiMAX services in northern Iraq. Fanoos chose the Tellabs SmartCore platform for its high performance and interoperability with multiple radio access network vendors.

Fanoos plans to begin WiMAX network deployment in the Iraqi cities of Sulaimaniyah, Mosul and Kirkuk. Rollout is expected to be complete by year-end.

As part of Tellabs® Mobile Solutions, the Tellabs® 9160 SmartCore(TM) platform enables high-capacity core network switching capabilities. Fanoos will be able to create an interoperable wireless broadband system that's ready for future expansion. Fanoos also will use the Tellabs® 9190 element manager.

"This move is part of our strategy to offer the best wireless broadband services in Iraq," said Hiwa Rauf, CEO of Fanoos Telecom. "The interoperability of the Tellabs® SmartCore(TM) platform enables us to develop a complete network and avoid single vendor lock-in. We are excited by the system's performance and capabilities."

"Fanoos Telecom is an exciting mobile operator, leading the way in a challenging market," said Rehan Jalil, senior vice president, IP and mobile Internet, at Tellabs. "The Tellabs SmartCore(TM) platform exceeds our customers' high demands. It's gaining popularity as 4G networks are deployed to empower the smart mobile Internet."
Tellabs® Mobile Solutions enable location- and context-aware applications and services for the mobile Internet. Tellabs' mobile packet core platform, coupled with its mobile backhaul expertise, dramatically raise the IQ of mobile networks.

By providing the intelligence that makes networks content-, user- and context-aware, Tellabs enables service providers to deliver the smart mobile Internet. With that intelligence, operators can monetize content for new revenue streams, optimize network resources and improve the user experience.

By offering dynamic quality of service (QoS), Tellabs platform solves network congestion problems before users notice quality issues.

About Fanoos Telecom - Fanoos Telecom is a licensed telecommunications service operator providing voice and data services through utilization of CDMA system for voice and narrow band data services and WiMAX for wireless broadband services.

The company has over 250,000 voice subscribers in northern regions of Iraq and is in the final phases of deploying a WiMAX network. Headquartered in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq, Fanoos Telecom is a privately owned company. Fanoos Telecom is also a strategic partner of Asia Cell Telecommunications LLC, one of the largest GSM operators in Iraq.

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