Huawei and Etisalat Academy launch certified LTE program in Middle East

Etisalat Academy, a single-source provider of
training and development solutions in the Middle East has introduced the first
certified Long Term Evolution (LTE) program in the Middle East region, in
partnership with telecom equipment major Huawei.

The initiative enables the Etisalat Academy to
develop a community of skilled and certified professionals who have a
comprehensive understanding of LTE pertaining to commercialization, operation
and maintenance, planning and optimization.

It provides Etisalat, Etisalat Group and other
operators in the region with the business, strategic and technical
understanding of the challenges faced in the technical and product areas of
LTE. The LTE Certification program helps translate to a faster learning curve
for staff, and a quicker deployment and launch of LTE networks.

“Etisalat is an early adopter of technology and is
one of a handful of operators internationally to deploy LTE. Following this,
Etisalat Academy has agreed to partner with Huawei, one of the leading global
telecoms equipment vendors, to develop a leading-edge LTE certification
program. This will ensure industry professionals have access to the right
knowledge and skills to embrace and leverage the LTE technology,” said David
Brennan, general manager, Etisalat Academy.

The program is based on the Huawei platform and the practical aspects will include hands-on training of Huawei
equipment. For those who will be exposed to other vendors’ platforms the
program will cover the key technological aspects and provide a solid grounding
on the subject. The information will be presented in a way that can quickly be
translated to Operational and Maintenance activities across diverse platforms.

“We are glad to have Etisalat Academy as our chosen
partner to impart LTE Certification trainings to the Middle East region. Our
elearning platform and online lab access for relevant modules is one of the
highlights of this training,” said Fu Shiguang, Huawei Learning Services
President from Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen China.

This is a significant opportunity for the LTE
segment. Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) announced that 174 firm
commercial LTE network deployments are in progress or planned in 64 countries,
including 28 networks that have commercially launched.  A further 63 operators
in 21 additional countries are engaged in LTE technology trials, tests or


The Etisalat Group has announced the launch of the
two most recent commercial networks in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and many other
countries across Africa, the Middle East and Asia are planning to introduce 4G
mobile broadband technology in 2012 and beyond.

Etisalat Academy’s training delivery ranges from
classroom lectures, to elearning modules and practical sessions.  The
Elearning platform with virtual tools for relevant modules of LTE is part of
this program. Participants would be able to log on to the online lab of Huawei
for the concerned modules. For practical sessions, Huawei will offer their DBS
3900 LTE RAN equipment consisting of the RU and BB, which is a great plus for
the LTE Professional-OAM certification.

Participants who complete the program successfully
will be issued Certificates by Huawei. The training sessions will be delivered
in English language at Etisalat Academy.

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