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Nokia: Bringing latest telecom networks technologies to Iraq

The Iraqi telecommunications market including mobile networks and fixed networks has a great potential to grow. Communications Service Providers (CSPs) can tap this opportunity by preparing their telecom networks to address the current and future growth in demand for high-quality voice and data services across the country. Nokia, with its vision of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world and end-to-end networks portfolio, is committed to bringing its latest innovations to help the operators.

Hathal Sharif, Country Senior Officer, Nokia Iraq, said, “Iraq is one of the key markets for Nokia, and with our strong local presence with our main offices in Baghdad, Erbil and Sulayimania as well as project offices in Basra, Karbala and Najaf, we are making tremendous efforts to address the needs of the Iraqi telecommunications market. Our engineers in Iraq in alignment with our global team are committed to help the Iraqi market in building and modernizing mobile networks as well as fixed networks for next-generation telecommunications services, public safety, high-speed fiber optical networks and other services as needed by our customers.”

The innovative solutions launched by Nokia recently in the run up to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will help operators in the country to take the telecommunications services to the next level. Nokia launched solutions covering 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), software and cloud, underscoring the breadth and strength of a product portfolio bolstered by the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent in 2016. Nokia, with its bigger and fully end-to-end portfolio, shared ground breaking innovations at the event.

All of this is underpinned by an organization squarely focused on the execution of its strategy to lead in high-performance networks with communication service providers, expand to new verticals, build a strong standalone software business and create new business and licensing opportunities in the consumer ecosystem.

New products like 5G FIRST announced at the event show Nokia’s innovation strength to deliver differentiated products that connect not only millions of users but interconnect billions of things to create what Nokia calls the ‘global nervous system.

Nokia 5G FIRST, the industry’s first commercial 5G product and comprised of Nokia’s AirScale radio access platform, helps operators prepare for 5G-ready architectures that cover core, software-defined networking, cloud and more. Nokia and Intel will collaborate on commercial deployments later in 2017 using the Intel 5G Modem. 5G FIRST cements Nokia’s strong position with communication service providers, helping them transition to new applications that will benefit from the low-latency and high data rates offered by 5G.

Reflecting those transition efforts, Nokia recently won a three-year contract from Telefonica to boost the performance of its 4G network in London as data demand grows. The deal includes Nokia 4.5G Pro technology, powered by the Nokia AirScale Radio Access portfolio, Nokia Flexi Zone small cells, the Nokia NetAct network management system, Nokia Traffica real-time network analytics and Nokia Global Services.

The company’s recent launch of WING, the worldwide IoT network grid, is aimed at providing a full-service model offering IoT connectivity across different technologies to manage a client’s IoT connectivity needs and assets, such as connected cars, as they move around the globe. It follows the launch of a new wireless router to bring electricity distribution networks into the IoT era and help utilities reliably and securely connect and manage the proliferation of field devices as more smart power grids are deployed.

Those efforts show how Nokia is expanding into vertical markets like energy, transportation, public safety — which is also one of the focus areas of Nokia in Iraq and the Middle East overall — and Webscales (big Internet companies). Few recent examples are Nokia’s win with Nedaa, a government corporation specializing in the deployment of wireless communications technologies for Dubai, to deliver next-generation network for mission-critical and smart city services, a contract with Infraestruturas de Portugal to provide a mission-critical communications network to the country’s national railway infrastructure operator and a high-speed fiber optic network deal with Xiaomi.

Also, Nokia’s recently launched Cloud Packet Core enables fixed and wireless technologies to be used together or individually to drive ultra-broadband and IoT service delivery in multiple verticals, including enterprise. Nokia has also enhanced its Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things platform, or IMPACT, with new IoT features such as video analytics.

The improved offering highlights Nokia’s progress in delivering on building a strong standalone software business and taking its largely network-agnostic software assets beyond mobile customers and into fixed, cable, and new vertical markets.