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Nokia has announced that Asiacell Telecom, Iraq’s leading telecommunications services provider, has chosen Nokia to provide nationwide network optimization for two years starting January 2021.

This partnership will leverage Nokia’s global capabilities in network planning and optimization technology to boost Asiacell’s competitive edge and transform its operational platforms for the next phase of its development.

Nokia will provide Asiacell Telecom with a multi-vendor optimization service that includes deployment of its Network Planning and Optimization (NPO) Services for RAN, Transmission, IP, and Core network elements across 7,000 sites in Iraq. With Nokia’s fully customizable service concept, Asiacell Telecom is able to exploit the full potential of the network and maintain quality.

The network assurance service provided by Nokia will focus on improving end user services and making the most out of the network investments, by optimizing network performance and capacity. The service will leverage analytics and machine learning to increase the automation of traditional processes, helping Asiacell to fulfil the needs of its end users. In addition, Nokia will provide knowledge transfer to Asiacell Technology team.

With this partnership, Nokia is helping Asiacell with its ambition to become the top mobile network operator in Iraq. This is achieved by maximising Asiacell’s network and service performance using automation and tools that serve Asiacell customers round the clock, thus enhancing its network coverage and overall end user experience. 

By leveraging Nokia's global scale, tools and its wealth of expertise in network planning and optimization, Asiacell will be able to simplify its operations and overcome challenges created by shifting customer demands and increasing network complexity. Nokia will transform Asiacell’s network operations by continuously improving its processes, increasing the use of automation and applying the right people and skills to every task, thus allowing the operator to focus on its strategic goals.

Amer Sunna, CEO and Managing Director of Asiacell, said, “Strengthening our partnership with Nokia is in line with our strategy to focus on improving network performance and quality of service to our customers and enhancing the end-user experience. For us, Nokia’s network optimization capabilities has been one of the key strategic investments and we are pleased to expand this partnership further for two more years.”

Rima Manna, Head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said, “The Iraq mobile market is relatively young and highly competitive, so it makes sense that Asiacell has turned to us to help optimize its network and reduce its operational costs. We look forward to bringing together global expertise with local insights to fully meet the needs of Asiacell Telecom."  

Nokia is a global service market leader with more than 200 mobile and fixed managed services contracts across the world. Two out of three of these contracts consist of multi-vendor networks. With more than 20 years of experience, 75+ patents and 2000+ successful NPO projects annually, Nokia has proven capabilities in managing and operating multi-vendor and multi technology networks.

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