June 12, 2012
-- Beirut, Lebanon, June 12 2012- Alfa, the first Lebanese mobile operator managed by Orascom Telecom, and Astellia, a leading provider of monitoring solutions for the optimization of mobile network QoS, announce the signature of a partnership agreement which will see Astellia expanding its existing solution footprint for Alfa to deliver a complete vendor-independent 3G+ monitoring solution which will highlight the quality experience of Alfa’s subscribers, and offer major enhancements on network capabilities.
“This partnership comes in line with the national QoS network plan for 2012 which has set concrete targets. Astellia’s 3G+ monitoring solution will allow us to proactively address any quality problems on our 3G+ network and analyze hidden network issues,” comments Assaad Abousleiman, Alfa’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). “This will enhance the efficiency and performance of our network and result in offering our entire base of subscribers of 1.7 million with a first class Quality of Experience (QoE). We are confident that Astellia will lead the project successfully and allow us to address all requirements within the set timelines,” adds Abousleiman.
Astellia has already established a solid reputation within Alfa through its comprehensive 2G monitoring solution. The company has also performed a three-month in-depth audit for Alfa’s 3G+ network following its deployment and official launch, delivering actionable insights to optimize network quality and provide first class experience to Alfa’s subscribers. This comprehensive audit was the stepping-stone to Alfa’s purchase of Astellia’s complete solution.
Under the signed deal, Astellia will monitor all 3G+ network interfaces (IuCS, IuPS and Iub) for Alfa in two phases hereby delivering precise, up to cell level information to optimize and fine-tune Alfa’s radio access network. Astellia will be also working on upgrading Alfa’s both 2G and 3G+ solutions with new modules (such as Roaming), and enhancing the network solution with key performance indicators reporting, troubleshooting, and alarming capabilities.
“It is a great honor for Astellia to be acknowledged by Alfa for our outstanding network optimization solutions and services. Through this contract, Astellia is taking Alfa further into the QoE era by providing a deeper understanding of the inter dependencies between network equipment, subscribers, mobile devices, voice and data services,” says Ali Wansa, Managing Director Middle East at Astellia.