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December 6, 2009

Motorola, du launch mobile WiMAX network for Dubai Metro

Enables du to offer its customers wireless internet access whilst travelling on metro

By CBR Staff Writer

Motorola has said that its home & networks mobility business has joined forces with UAE telecom provider, du, for the deployment of Dubai Metro’s mobile WiMAX network.

The company said that its WiMAX equipment provides connectivity and effective backhaul for Wi-Fi traffic, both in the Dubai Metro train carriages and in the Metro stations.

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

With the implementation of Motorola’s WiMAX network, du will be able to provide its customers wireless internet access whilst travelling on the metro using PDAs or laptops through Wi-Fi services.

Hatem Bamatraf, senior vice president of network development at du, said: “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.”

Ali Amer, vice president of Middle East, Africa and Pakistan at Motorola home & networks mobility, said: “This project reaffirms Motorola’s longstanding reputation for undertaking major technology advancements and working with leading organisations. 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.”

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