Mobinil selects Alcatel-Lucent to enhance and expand its wireless network in Egypt with its latest generation of Enhanced GSM network solutions
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced a turnkey contract with Mobinil, Egypt’s leading mobile operator. This multi-million euro contract covers wireless and convergence solutions that will further improve the quality of Mobinil’s network and extend its coverage throughout the country, bringing mobile services to a greater number of people.
Alcatel-Lucent will expand and enhance Mobinil’s wireless network with the latest generation of Enhanced GSM radio solutions, dramatically increasing data transfer speeds while reducing operating expenses, helping the operator meet growing demand for its services. These solutions enable high performance in a new compact design that offers Mobinil exceptional flexibility in introducing new advanced multimedia services on its existing radio access network, including the expansion of its mobile Internet service. The upgraded GSM network will be operational by the end of the third quarter 2007.
“Rapidly evolving market conditions combined with the ongoing introduction of innovative subscriber services and applications dictate the need for a high degree of flexibility and scalability in terms of our network infrastructure,” said Alex Shalaby of Mobinil. “We are confident that with Alcatel-Lucent’s cutting-edge solutions and service support we are fully prepared for future network evolutions, including the introduction of 3G and WiMAX technologies.”
“This agreement further confirms Mobinil’s confidence in Alcatel-Lucent’s industry-leading solutions and service support capabilities, and highlights the strong relationship our companies have maintained since the establishment of the Mobinil network in 1998,” said Olivier Picard, President for Europe and South. “We will devote all our efforts to delivering the best-in-class turnkey solution to Mobinil to help it enhance the high quality of service it is committed to providing its subscribers. This new contract reinforces Alcatel-Lucent’s worldwide leadership in mobile broadband and its leading position in the Middle East market.”
Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its end-to-end Enhanced GSM solution comprising the Base Station Subsystem (BSS) -- including Alcatel-Lucent’s ATCA-based 9130 BSC/MFS (*) and TWIN Transceiver -- and a new generation of microwave transmission system that provide fast and efficient transport of voice and data traffic between base stations and the core network. Alcatel-Lucent also will supply Mobinil with Convergence solutions including High Capacity Core Switching and Intelligent Network extensions.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide a range of services including network management, architecture and design, technical support, radio optimization and managed services.
In 2007 Alcatel-Lucent introduced a completely renovated Enhanced GSM family of products designed to satisfy two formerly conflicting demands: the need to address the ever-growing demand for network capacity resulting from the explosion of voice and data traffic in urban areas, and the need to expand coverage in rural environments, primarily for lower income customers. To meet these needs, Alcatel-Lucent’s evolutionary platforms have been designed to dramatically reduce capital and operating expenses for operators, while protecting their investments through the ability to support more advanced, emerging technologies in the future.
Alcatel-Lucent is a leading player in the GSM market with more than 170 customers in more than 90 countries.
The company is also the world’s leading manufacturer of microwave transmission equipment, with more than one-half million microwave radios delivered worldwide, including low, medium and high capacity microwave radios for voice, video and data (IP, ATM, Fast Ethernet) communications.
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