Saturday, March 1, 2008

Motorola Lands $335 Million Contract with Zain Saudi Arabia

Motorola has signed a $335 million turnkey contract to deploy and manage a 2G/3G mobile communications network for Zain in Saudi Arabia, the recent addition to the Zain group in Saudi Arabia. Under the deal, Motorola will supply its GSM/HSxPA network solutions as well as managed services for network design, integration, deployment, operations and maintenance.

Network deployment is expected to commence in Q1 2008 to enable Zain to launch its network in Saudi Arabia later this year.

A substantial portion of the purchase price on this contract will be financed by Motorola.http://www.motorola.com

  • In January 2008, Nokia Siemens Networks announced a contract valued at approximately US$1 billion to roll out a state-of–the-art greenfield mobile network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on behalf of Zain. Formerly known as the MTC Group, Zain is the leading telecommunications mobile provider in 22 countries across the Middle East and Africa and was recently awarded the third mobile telecommunications license for Saudi Arabia. Nokia Siemens Networks will provide to Zain in Saudi Arabia the latest 2G and 3G mobile network technologies, including HSDPA and HSUPA, based on the latest base station design and distributed architecture for both radio access and core networks according to the 3GPP release 4 standard. Nokia Siemens Networks said it will deliver a full turnkey solution, including managed services for five years from a dedicated local network operations center. The US$ 935 million turnkey contract also includes network planning, implementation, project management, systems integration, logistics management, multi-vendor maintenance, field services and network optimization for the base station sites. The company will also provide a wide range of operations and business support system (OSS/BSS) solutions.

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