In celebration of its long-standing presence in Kuwait and five decades of cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and telecommunications operators, Ericsson held an exclusive Gala Dinner event on December 10 at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa.
The event was attended by Ericsson’s key partners in the ICT industry from both the public and private sectors as well as distinguished members of the media and the compnay’s top management.
Victoria Strand, Head of Ericsson Gulf Council Countries and Pakistan, opened the event with a welcoming speech and a history of Ericsson in Kuwait, from the time the company first established its presence there in 1965. “It has been our pleasure to grow with Kuwait’s telecommunications industry over the years, through our key partnership with the Ministry of Communication, as well as in partnership with Zain and Ooredoo, all of whom we offer our sincere thanks to for allowing us to build such a solid presence in Kuwait over the last half century.”
She added: “In our years of operation here, we have been a major supplier of telecom gears and services, both to Kuwait’s major ISPs and government segments, and we look forward to continuing to empower our partners with state of the art ICT solutions for another 50 years and more.”
Ericsson, a worldwide leader in the telecommunications field, is committed to supporting the development of Kuwait’s telecom infrastructure and services, by assisting partners to enhance their networks and business growth. In 1965, Ericsson opened a technical office in Kuwait, and supported the Ministry of Communication with the country’s first automatic telephone exchange. Ericsson was also chosen as the sole supplier to the Ministry of Communication since its inception, for both local and international transit gateways. In 1977, Kuwait was the first non-European country to sign a contract for the delivery of the AXE system.
When mobile telephony launched in Kuwait with the inception of the Mobile Telecommunication Co, Ericsson was the preferred partner of choice to supply and install NMT and E-TACS in the early 90s for what would grow to become Zain. Today, Ericsson is one of Zain Group’s major telecom service providers across the globe.
In 2003, Ericsson’s partnership with Ooredoo Kuwait, then called Wataniya Telecom, began. Since then Ericsson has supported Ooredoo with the successful launch of EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE, as well as being the major supplier for Charging and Billing solutions. Ericsson has also partnered with Ooredoo to modernize its RAN infrastructure, to provide advanced data services in Kuwait.