Motorola has worked with UAE telecom provider, du, to successfully launch Dubai Metro’s mobile WiMAX network. The deployment 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.
Dubai Metro is the longest fully automated rail transport system in the world and has 47 stations, four of which will be underground.
With the implementation of the WiMAX network, du offers its customers wireless internet access while travelling on the Metro at speeds of up to 90kmh 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,’ said Hatem Bamatraf, du’s senior VP of network development.
The WiMAX deployment is the first truly mobile WiMAX network in the UAE.
‘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,’ added Ali Amer, VP, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility.
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 optimisation. The Motorola WiMAX equipment ensures peak performance of nomadic data services to mobile customers throughout the Dubai Metro system.