Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Motorola Supplies Mobile WiMAX for Mobilink in Pakistan

Pakistan's Mobilink, an Orascom Telecom company, selected Motorola to deploy a WiMAX 802.16e-2005 access network. Under the agreement, Motorola will design, plan, deploy and optimize a WiMAX network for Mobilink, deliver integration and support services as well as indoor and outdoor customer premises equipment (CPE) units to enable faster adoption of the operator's WiMAX offering. Financial terms were not disclosed but the total amount of the purchase price will be financed by Motorola.

The new Motorola-based 802.16e-2005 WiMAX network will cover major metropolitan areas such as Lahore and Islamabad, enabling Mobilink to extend its current service offering beyond cellular and data offerings to high speed broadband and VoIP services for fixed line residential and business subscribers.

Motorola has been a long-term supplier to Mobilink.

This is Motorola's second WiMAX 802.16e network in Pakistan, with the first being a turnkey end-to-end nationwide WiMAX/IMS network awarded in 2006. This is also Motorola's fourth commercial WiMAX deployment in the Middle East and Africa region.

Motorola noted that it is currently involved in more than 55 WiMAX engagements, including 43 active trials.


  • Motorola supplies WiMAX systems to Pakistan's Wateen Telecom.

  • In November, Dragonwave announced that Mobilink, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Holding, has selected its 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.

  • In September, Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (Mobilink), the leading mobile operator in Pakistan and a wholly owned subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Holding, awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent 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.

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