Telecom Lead Middle East: Microwave networking solutions
provider Aviat Networks has opened its new office in Dubai Media City.
The new office is expected to better support its wireless
customers and expand the microwave backhaul business in the Middle East and
take advantage of the thriving mobile and wireless market.
Aviat Networks also announced its new learning center in
Dubai Media City. The learning center will be used to host customer-requested
and internal training sessions, as well as scheduled seminars on specific
topics of interest in wireless backhaul.
“Operating our Middle East and North Africa
activities from a regional center in Dubai enables us to stay close to our
customers and offer quick, proactive attention to their concerns for wireless
backhaul solutions and services,” said Karl Osswald, general manager,
Aviat Networks, Dubai.
According to Informa Telecoms & Media estimates,
countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia will achieve smartphone penetration
rates of more than 70 percent and 48 percent, respectively, by the end of 2016.
This is up from 47 percent and 25 percent at the end of 2011.
In addition, mobile subscriptions in the Middle East will
exceed 250 million in 2012.
According to the Connect Arab Summit 2012, overall
penetration rate for all mobile devices in the region stood at 97 percent at
the end of 2011, due mainly to increased competition in regional countries.
These factors along with favorable market conditions are
encouraging us to deepen our penetration into the Gulf region as well as other
nearby Middle East, African and South Asia countries,” Osswald added.