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Motorola Grows Middle East Business

Building its Middle East business, Motorola will supply telecommunications equipment and services to Kuwait's largest mobile network operator under a newly expanded contract worth $19 million.

New base stations will enhance MTC-Vodafone's general packet radio service (GPRS) service by activating coding schemes 3 and 4 -- which support transmission speeds fast enough to handle most commercially available data services.

The system will be compliant with European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) standards for GPRS CS3/4.

Al Baraak, MTC-Vodafone's director general, said his company has been a satisfied Motorola customer for years, with the last major purchase occuring last year.

"With this latest expansion of our enhanced GPRS performance, we can offer more customers the latest applications, providing them with an even better service experience," Baraak said.

For mobile carriers, more services, also mean the potential for increasing average revenue per user, or ARPU, a key industry metric.

Motorola, based outside of Chicago, is best known as a handset maker, but the company has been working to diversify both in its network equipment for wireless carriers and home networking sectors.

The MTC-Vodafone deal show how Motorola can help Middle East carriers improve the performance of their networks, while offering long-term flexibility and value for their capital expenditures, said Jeff Cherif, a Motorola vice president for the region.