Etisalat Group & Huawei Sign New Agreement for Telecom Consultancy Services

 Etisalat Group & Huawei Sign New Agreement for Telecom Consultancy Services

  PR Newswire

  BARCELONA, Spain, February 27, 2013

BARCELONA, Spain, February 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Consultancy agreement between the two companies focused on enhancing Etisalat
                        broadband and digital services

Etisalat Group, the leading telecom operator in the Middle East, Africa and
Asia, and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology
(ICT) solutions provider, have announced the signing of a new global agreement
in which Huawei will support Etisalat Group by focusing on the enhancement of
its broadband and digital services.

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The agreement was announced at this year's Mobile World Congress 2013 taking
place this week in Barcelona, Spain, and it marks one of the largest ever
consultancy services agreements between Etisalat and Huawei. In attendance at
the signing ceremony from Etisalat Group was Eissa Al Suwaidi, Chairman, Ahmad
Abdulkarim Julfar, the Chief Executive Officer, as well as Huawei's Sun
Yafang, Chairwoman, Ding Yun, CEO of Huawei Carrier Business Group, Shi
Yaohong, President of Huawei Middle East region, and Alan Wang, Head of
Etisalat Global Key Account from Huawei.

As per the agreement, Huawei's business consulting team will partner with
Etisalat stakeholders to assist in further advancing the operator's mobile
broadband services as well as its digital services portfolio. The primary
objective of the agreement will be to support Etisalat in further enhancing
its profitability through new traffic monetization schemes, premium
customer-support solutions and cooperation on go-to-market strategies for new
Etisalat services.

The agreement will include cooperation on key Etisalat projects such as recent
investments in 4G LTE mobile networks and Etisalat over-the-top (OTT) media
offerings such as its popular e-Plus packages.

"This agreement continues a long and successful history of collaboration
between both companies and presents us with a win-win situation," said Mr.
Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Etisalat Group's CEO. "With a large and growing
global presence of over 139 million customers in fifteen countries, Etisalat
Group has built up a large and talented international workforce. This
agreement will enable us to further collaborate to bolster the international
expertise that already exists in the group."

Mr. Shi Yaohong, President of Huawei Middle East region, said: "Investments
being made today in future-oriented information and communication technologies
are widely recognized as an immense driver of economic development, and for
many years Etisalat has been at the forefront in offering businesses and
consumers across the globe exceptional communication services.

"Leveraging Huawei's strengths in providing end-to-end ICT solutions and our
heritage in research and development, this latest consultancy agreement
between Huawei and Etisalat will help to further advance such offerings while
at the same time supporting Etisalat to reap the maximum value of its future
network investments," added Mr. Yaohong.

Etisalat and Huawei have partnered on numerous occasions over the past decade
including recent collaborations on deploying 4G LTE networks in UAE and Saudi
Arabia, introducing the Middle East's first certified LTE training programs
through Etisalat Academy in 2012, and a memorandum of understanding between
the two companies in 2011 to bolster Etisalat's business across Africa and
Asian markets.

Other notable collaborations include the Arab world's first commercial
deployment of a 3G UMTS network in 2003, the launch of the region's first
HSPA+ network in 2006, and the building of the world's largest GPON FTTH fiber
network during 2008 in UAE.

For Huawei, the latest agreement is a particularly significant milestone as
the company has in recent years made strategic adjustments to better serve its
customers by extending the reach of its offerings from telecommunications
network infrastructure to full end-to-end consultancy and managed services;
helping operators sustain their business growth and improve overall quality of
service.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT)
solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and
strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom
networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum
value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing
competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been
deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world's
population. 

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About Etisalat

Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become one of
the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and
Africa. Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East
and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for
Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has
been recognised as 'Best Operator' 10 times since 2006 and 'Best Wholesale
Provider' four times in the last three years. Servicing over 139 million
customers in 15 countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and
markets.

Please visit Etisalat at Mobile World Congress in Hall 2, Stand #2B110.

Contact: Huawei Media Desk: Mr. Daniel Mercado, Mobile: +971509095517 ,
Daniel.Mercado@ogilvy.com. Etisalat Group Media Desk, Ms. Lindsay Mack, Phone:
+971507083347, Email: Etisalat@hkstrategies.com