Nationwide TETRA network supplied for Qatar by R&S BICK Mobilfunk

Nationwide TETRA network supplied for Qatar

Secure communications during the Asian Games with ACCESSNET-T from R&S BICK Mobilfunk

11 December 2006:The 15th Asian Games are being held in Qatar’s capital, Doha, from December 1 to 15, 2006. In this sporting event, nearly 8 300 athletes from 45 countries are competing for medalmedals s in 46 disciplines. R&S BICK Mobilfunk was commissioned by QTEL to supply a nationwide ACCESSNET-T TETRA network for communication among the security forces and the Games’ organizers and to put it into operation on time. QTEL (Qatar Telecom) is the exclusive national telecommunications operator in Qatar.

The network now in use is an expansion of the ACCESSNET-T network that had previously been supplied by R&S BICK Mobilfunk for the West Asian Games in 2005. Owing to positive experience during the games last year, the Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee (DAGOC) and the network operator QTEL contracted the Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary in 2006 to increase the network capacity and to expand the system to a nationwide communications network.

This nationwide network was supplied, installed, and put into operation in summer 2006. Far more than 10 000 subscribers use the network for voice und data services during the Asian Games. QTEL already provides these network services successfully on a commercial basis. Subscribers are governmental organizations and armed forces, oil and gas companies, transportation companies, international hotels as well as the DOHA Airport. All of them place high security and availability requirements on the communications network. They therefore decided in favor of the TETRA network.

The Qatar network is the first nationwide TETRA network with sophisticated virtual private network functions (VPN) in the world which is completely used for commercial purposes. Thus, it offers a common communications platform for both private and governmental users. After the Asian Games, QTEL plans to introduce new TETRA network services with higher transmission bandwidths and a host of other customer- and network-specific software and hardware applications.

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Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is an independent group of companies specializing in electronics. It is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, radiomonitoring and radiolocation as well as secure radiocommunications. Established more than 70 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz has a global presence and a dedicated service network in over 70 countries. It has approx. 6900 employees and achieved a net revenue of1.3 billion in the past fiscal year. Company headquarters are in Munich, Germany.

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