Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pakistan's Mobilink Chooses DragonWave for WiMAX Backhaul

Mobilink, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Holding has selected DragonWave's Horizon Compact high capacity IP backhaul product to provide 270 wireless backhaul links for a new nationwide WiMAX Network in Pakistan. Initial rollout will begin in the cities of Islamabad,
Karachi and Lahore. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DragonWave's Horizon Compact product will be used to enable Mobilink to backhaul traffic from their nationwide WiMAX deployments with a native IP backhaul solution. DragonWave's solution is providing high capacity IP backhaul as a fiber replacement and an economical and efficient way to provide full coverage across the country. The new network will provide data and other applications like VoIP access to enterprise, government,
residential and municipalities.

DragonWave's Horizon product operates within both licensed and
unlicensed radio frequencies in the 11-to-38-GHz range. It also features ultra-low latency, wire-speed native Ethernet connectivity up to 800 Mbps full duplex.

  • In September 2007, Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (Mobilink), a leading mobile operator in Pakistan and a wholly owned subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Holding, awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to participate in deploying Pakistan's first live network based on the Universal 802.16e-2005 WiMAX solution. The network will cover major cities in Pakistan, including Karachi, the nation's financial capital and the major business center.

  • Based on the latest IEEE 802.16e-2005 standards (also called Rev-e), the new WiMAX network will be deployed in the 3.5 GHz spectrum enabling rapid implementation of broadband services available in fixed and nomadic environments. It will deliver high-speed internet access, enabling the delivery of advanced broadband multimedia services, such as video streaming, through a variety of end-user devices including laptops, desktop computers, modems and WiMAX terminals.