Dubai Metro to get Mobile WiMAX Network by Motorola and du

Motorola, Inc. announced its Home & Networks Mobility business has joined
forces with UAE telecom provider, du, in the successful launch of Dubai
Metro’s mobile WiMAX network. Motorola’s WiMAX
equipment provides mobile connectivity and effective backhaul for Wi-Fi
traffic on the Dubai Metro transport system train carriages as well as
in the Metro stations.

The Dubai Metro will be the longest fully
automated rail transport system in the world. The Red Line, which is
52km long, is already functional and is expected to be followed by the
Green line in early 2010. Once completed, the Metro will have 47
stations, four of which will be underground.

With the
implementation of Motorola’s WiMAX network, du offers its customers
wireless internet access whilst travelling on the metro at speeds of up
to 90km/hr using PDAs or laptops via Wi-Fi services. “Offering
city-wide internet access on the Dubai Metro is part of ongoing efforts
to ensure our customers enjoy the convenience of exceptional
connectivity, on-demand, wherever they travel. We are delighted to
partner with industry-leader Motorola on this initiative to provide  a
first-rate WiMAX network which benefits the thousands of commuters
using the Dubai Metro,” said Hatem Bamatraf, Senior Vice President,
Network Development, du.

The WiMAX deployment is the first truly
mobile WiMAX network in the UAE. “This project reaffirms Motorola’s
longstanding reputation for undertaking major technology advancements
and working with leading organizations,” said Ali Amer, vice president,
Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Motorola Home & Networks
Mobility. “With our WiMAX technology, du will provide its customers
with high-speed wireless service and all the benefits of real-time
information-exchange on the go.”

The Dubai Metro WiMAX initiative
is part of Motorola’s strategy to provide world class WiMAX
technologies, solutions, and services to leading regional and global
telecom operators. The deployment of the network included network
design, installation and optimization. The Motorola WiMAX equipment
ensures peak performance of nomadic data services to mobile customers
across the Dubai Metro system.


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