Ericsson drives Tishknet TD-LTE network in Iraq

Iraq’s telecom service provider Tishknet has partnered with Ericsson to deploy the first LTE TDD network in the country.

Recently, market research agency said TD-LTE network is poised for growth. The total cost of running TD-LTE network is lower than FD-LTE services.

As part of the 4G deal, Ericsson will supply Ericsson RBS 6000 family of base stations.

Ericsson’s Evolved Packet Core network, with  Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 family of Smart Services Routers is also part of the LTE deal, Ericsson said on Thursday.


Tishknet will roll out 4G in the northeastern Kurdistan region, providing an enhanced end user experience and high-speed internet connections to customers.

“Our customers’ needs are evolving rapidly and LTE provides them with access to innovative broadband services. 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,” said Firia Ali, chief executive officer at Tishknet.

According to 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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