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Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya has selected Ericsson as the vendor for its circuit-switched core network. Under the agreement, Ericsson will upgrade the Thuraya circuit-switched core network, implement an advanced billing mediation solution and provide support services for five years.



Ahmed Ali Al Shamsi, chief technology officer at Thuraya, says: "It is important that we can maintain a high level of network availability and can offer our customers quality voice and data communication services. Ericsson's solutions and our vision to provide customers with the best possible connectivity will help us achieve our long-term expansion goals."


The core network upgrade - including a hardware upgrade of Thuraya's Mobile Switching Center (MSC), and hardware and software enhancements for the Home Location Register (HLR), Operation Support Systems (OSS) and Multi Mediation platform - will give subscribers greater access to telecommunication services wherever they are and provide Thuraya with additional capacity to handle future growth.


The integration and implementation of Ericsson's billing mediation solution will enable Thuraya to handle all customers, partners and services in a streamlined, convergent system, reducing network complexity. Ericsson support services ensure that the network will be running efficiently and smoothly for the next five years.


Rafiah Ibrahim, executive Vice president, region Middle East and Africa, Ericsson says: "The rapid expansion of Thuraya's satellite coverage demands a dynamic solution that will transform its existing infrastructure and maintain Thuraya's growing footprint. Our services and solutions will equip Thuraya with the latest technology that will simplify operations and provide an unprecedented customer experience."


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