Korek Telecom selects Ericsson and Cisco to transform IP core networks

A partnership consisting of Ericsson and Cisco has been selected to transform Iraqi operator Korek Telecom's IP network.

Ericsson and Cisco will deploy new IP core network sites and improve existing ones based on Ericsson services and Cisco ASR 9000 routers. Iraqi operator Korek Telecom hopes that it will benefit from broader coverage and an improved user experience.

The two vendors will work together as part of the Ericsson Evolved IP network.

The network modernisation project will be backed by Ericsson's services organisation and will see the deployment of Cisco routers.

Muhsin Akrawi, CTIO, Korek Telecom, said: "We are pleased to once again sign with Ericsson in partnership with Cisco to transform our IP core network. Working with Ericsson, the deployment of Cisco's most powerful routers for the telecom enterprise domain will be smooth and efficient."

The strategic partnership between Ericsson and Cisco has proven very successful and has helped the two vendors win contracts for reliable mobile network infrastructure with scalable and high capacity.

Mike Weston, Vice President, Cisco Middle East, said: "Joining forces with a partner like Ericsson enables us to create more attractive offerings that significantly improve customer service and user experience, adding tangible value to service providers and driving a positive impact on their bottom lines. This collaboration demonstrates how our global partnership is delivering on the promise of creating the networks of the future that drive growth and differentiation for our customers."

Mohamad Dergham, Head of Ericsson North Middle East said: "This brings the best of the Ericsson-Cisco partnership to our work with Korek Telecom. Transforming the core network will allow quick wins on network quality and reach, as well as lay the foundation for next-generation functionality."