Mobilink Selects Motorola to Expand Home Location Server (HLS) to Target More than 30 million Subscribers
Existing Motorola HLS solution currently supports over 20 million Mobilink customers
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – 11 December 2006 – Motorola (NYSE: MOT) announced today an expansion to the successful deployment of its home location server (HLS) to enable Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (an Orascom Telecom Company) “Mobilink” to serve an additional 10 million subscribers for an average of 30 million subscribers overall. The existing HLS order, announced in February 2006, supported Mobilink in meeting its fast growth plans and reaching its goal of 20 million subscribers, up from 13 million subscribers.
“Motorola remains committed to matching Mobilink’s extensive subscriber base growth. The major benefit of Motorola’s HLS is that it enables telecoms providers to add capacity quickly and seamlessly and at reduced capital and operating expenses, which is critical for operators like Mobilink,” said Jose Figueroa, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Networks & Enterprise EMEA.
The flexibility of Motorola’s HLS solution allows for this growth to take place with minimal impact on Mobilink’s operation. Overall, the HLS solution simplifies Mobilink’s network operation, resulting in lower capital and operating expenses than a traditional switch-based solution.
“We are proud of the 20 million subscribers milestone that Mobilink was able to achieve with the dedication of our Orascom and Mobilink teams, our ongoing investment in technology and networks and with the support of key vendors such as Motorola,” said Tamer El Mahdy, chief technology officer, Orascom Telecom.
“Reaching over 20 million subscribers would have been difficult without the solution of a reliable vendor such as Motorola. The HLS delivered by Motorola enabled Mobilink to efficiently serve a subscriber base that virtually doubled in a short period of time and we are confident that the expanded order will enable us to reach our next milestone of 30 million subscribers quickly and effectively,” said Marwan Hayek, chief technology officer, Mobilink.
The Motorola HLS solution consolidates silos of subscriber data into a single subscriber-centric database, providing Mobilink with the ability to rollout new services and provision subscribers in a faster and more cost effective manner. Reliability, high performance, high capacity and smooth scalability are inherent features of the platform, which can be smoothly upgraded to support 3G/UMTS as well as the emerging IMS HSS functionality.
The Mobilink HLS contract is the culmination of more than a decade of collaboration between Motorola and Mobilink. A portion of revenue on this contract was recognized by Motorola in the third quarter of 2006.
Mobilink, a part of the Orascom Telecom Group, is Pakistan’s leading cellular service provider with more than 54% of the total market share. It has a customer base of more than 20 million members as of November 2006 and provides the most extensive coverage footprint across Pakistan with more than 1250 cities, towns, villages and countless destinations and true International Roaming in over 100 countries with more than 300 partner operators worldwide. Orascom Telecom, Mobilink’s parent company, has grown to become a major player in the telecommunications market and is a leading mobile telecommunications company operating in seven markets in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
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