Kalimat appoints Huawei Technologies to deliver $1b Iraq national wireless network

DUBAI — Kalimat Telecom, winner of Iraq's first national licence to provide a full-scale fixed wireless network, yesterday awarded a $275 million infrastructure contract to Huawei Technologies.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 24 Jul 2007, 9:12 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:22 PM

The Kalimat-Huawei Memorandum of Understanding, signed this morning in the presence of Kalimat's President and CEO, Wilson Varghese and Li Huang, Vice-President Huawei Tech. Investment Corp, is one of several Kalimat agreements formalised this week.

A $1 billion consortium of specialist vendors assembled by Kuwait-based Trade Links Middle East, Kalimat Telecom aims to enter every home, business, governmental and non-governmental institution in Iraq and deliver five million CDMA lines of service by 2011. The consortium won the 10-year wireless licence from Iraq's Communications and Media Commission in September 2006.

Huawei, a global leader in telecom network solutions, will execute the project in four phases beginning in September 2007. The Chinese technology vendor will supply and provide deployment services for CDMA base stations and help create a top-of-the-line all-IP network infrastructure.

Wilson Varghese, President and CEO of Kalimat Telecom, said Huawei's technology will enable significantly faster and more cost-effective services.

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