7 Dec 2009
US-based telecoms equipment supplier Motorola has announced that its Home & Networks Mobility unit has successfully launched the Dubai Metro’s mobile WiMAX network in partnership with UAE telecoms operator Du. The vendor’s WiMAX equipment provides mobile connectivity and effective backhaul for Wi-Fi traffic on the Dubai Metro transport system as well as in metro stations. With the implementation of the WiMAX network, Du is able to offer its customers wireless internet access whilst travelling at speeds of up to 90km/h 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,’ noted Hatem Bamatraf, senior vice-president of network development at Du, adding, ‘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.’ The deployment of the network included network design, installation and optimisation to ensure peak performance of nomadic data services to mobile customers across the Dubai Metro system.