MTC hands Motorola expansion contract

Kuwait should have GPRS services early next year after Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC) awarded a contract worth a quarter of a billion dollars to US infrastructure supplier Motorola.

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By  Alex Marklew Published  June 8, 2001

Motorola is celebrating after landing a contract worth US $270 million from MTC, Kuwait’s biggest mobile operator.

The American infrastructure giant’s Global Telecom Solutions Sector (GTSS) will expand MTC’s nationwide GSM network and conduct the country’s first GPRS trials.

The GSM expansion will allow the soon-to-be-privatised MTC to serve 150,000 extra subscribers, with work due to be completed by the end of this year.

MTC’s dual band network has been in operation since September 1999, and the GTSS will add its Horizon Systems GSM infrastructure solution to the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrums.

Commercial deployment of GPRS data services, described by a senior MTC official as “very exciting” are scheduled to commence early next year.

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