Parallel Wireless has won a telecom equipment contract from Kalimat Telecom, a subsidiary of Kuwait’s Trade Links, to build their mobile broadband network in Iraq.
Iraq has 52 percent wireless Internet penetration rate. Poor infrastructure and high operating costs are currently stunting development, according to the GSMA Mobile Economy: Middle East and North Africa 2018 report.
Parallel Wireless, as per the contract, will supply its virtualized HetNet and core solutions to enable Kalimat Telecom to deploy a distributed virtualized mobile broadband network for delivering wireless services to consumers and enterprises across the region.
Parallel Wireless said its software-based architecture will assist Kalimat Telecom to achieve cost-effective deployment. This will be one of the largest fully virtualized commercial mobile broadband networks in the region. Kalimat Telecom will be able to reduce Capex and Opex for building out and managing the network.
Wilson Varghese, CEO of Kalimat Telecom, said: “We selected Parallel Wireless based on their innovation in the area of Open RAN and virtualization and their work with some of the world’s leading MNOs.”
Amrit Heer, head of Business Development, EME, Parallel Wireless, said: “Kalimat Telecom can cost-effectively enable connectivity by simplifying installation and increasing flexibility and sustainability through our software for new wireless network buildouts.”