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Giza Systems and Bluwan Partner to Accelerate Middle East Heterogeneous Network Rollouts


Joint partnership brings disruptive multi-gigabit point to multipoint backhaul capacity to over twenty countries

Barcelona, Spain, 26th February, 2013 - Bluwan S.A., a provider of carrier-grade multi-gigabit wireless solutions, announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Giza Systems, a leading systems integrator and solution provider.

Responding to the dramatic increase in demand for mobile broadband in the Middle East, the two companies will provide CAPEX and OPEX efficient multi-gigabit backhaul to metro and dense urban areas. This will enable mobile network operators in the region to accelerate their heterogeneous network (HetNet) deployments.

The partnership leverages Giza Systems’ intimate knowledge of the specific challenges faced by operators in the region and Bluwan’s innovative LinkFusion™ point to multipoint millimetre wave backhaul system. Together they will deliver on the promise of faster and ubiquitous mobile broadband.

Bluwan’s LinkFusion, operating in the 42 GHz band, is better suited to meet the demand for increased network bandwidth density than traditional backhaul approaches. It provides the high bandwidth requirements for increased network density that previous point to multipoint systems could not accommodate, avoids the expensive trenching of laying cable, and has a much lower total cost of ownership than traditional Point to Point (PTP) wireless backhaul solutions (see “Bluwan reveals total cost of ownership for small cell backhaul solutions”).

For the first time, point to multipoint technology can deliver the guaranteed and maximum performance of point to point but in a multipoint architecture. LinkFusion delivers up to 10 Gbps per transmission hub, and up to 240 Mbps throughput per terminal. This enables operators to backhaul up to twenty base stations from a single sector, each with dedicated bandwidth. The system’s TDD architecture also gives operators the flexibility to configure their bandwidth needs based on actual customer demand, leveraging the 42 GHz spectrum, which is widely available in the region.

The LinkFusion system also offers a relay product, giving operators the ability to extend the range of the system, but also overcome traditional point to multipoint line of sight challenges. Operators can also benefit from the wide array of antennas to light up street canyons in their metro cell deployments. In an economic environment where operators are urgently seeking to reduce their year on year operational costs, Bluwan’s LinkFusion delivers a system that directly slashes site acquisition, planning, operations and maintenance overheads without compromising performance.

Shehab ElNawawi, Chairman and CEO at Giza Systems, said, “The demand for mobile broadband in the Middle East in the past year alone has been exacerbated by increased consumer usage of mobile TV, over the top (OTT) and mobile cloud services.”

“Bluwan’s LinkFusion backhaul solution is able to provide both the speed and capacity required for the cell densification we are seeing in the region. It also matches our common goal to enable carriers to deliver a stellar customer experience while keeping operating costs under control.”

“Giza Systems’ deep knowledge of its customer base, and stunning track record in bringing disruptive technologies to the region complements our mission to increase our regional reach in the Middle East and North Africa,” said Shayan Sanyal, Chief Commercial Officer at Bluwan. “This is the next step in Bluwan’s growth strategy, and a partner like Giza Systems, with a Centre of Excellence around our solutions, will help operators in the region rapidly unlock the value of their RAN and Carrier WiFi investments.”

The partnership covers more than twenty countries, from North Africa to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC). Operator trials have begun in the United Arab Emirates, and will continue in Egypt, where Giza Systems is headquartered.


About Bluwan
Bluwan’s carrier grade multi-gigabit wireless transmission technology allows service providers to increase the throughput and capacity of existing networks. Operating in the 12 GHz and 42 GHz spectrum bands, Bluwan’s technology can be deployed primarily for mobile backhaul and wide area broadband access applications.

Offering fibre-like speeds and capacity, its compact radio antennas allow service providers to deploy multimedia services at a fraction of the cost of deploying optical fibre, whether to individual cell sites or to customer premises.

Bluwan’s solutions are the culmination of several years of R&D performed in collaboration with the Thales Group in the defence and aerospace markets. Bluwan is headquartered in Paris, France, with additional offices in London.

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About Giza Systems
Giza Systems is the number one systems integrator in Egypt and the Middle East providing a wide range of industry specific technology solutions in the Telecom, Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Manufacturing industries.

Giza Systems has been shaping the IT industry and corporate agendas since 1974. Their consultancy practice provides industry focused services that enhance value for our clients by streamlining operational and business processes. Operating in the Middle East through Giza Arabia, Giza Systems Gulf (Qatar) and Giza Systems JLT (UAE), their group of companies is focused on contributing to the local and regional development with their technology solutions, commitment and outstanding customer service.

Their team of 600 professionals enables them to extend our geographic footprint delivering diverse projects and connecting them with clients in the Middle East, Latin America and Russia.

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Editorial contacts
CCgroup, for Bluwan
Liv Nixon / Sarah Wilson
Tel: +44 20 7535 7220 / +44 20 7535 7217

Shayan Sanyal
Tel: +44 203 384 9813

Lara Shawky
Corporate Communications Manager, Giza Systems
Tel: +202 26146000