Alcatel delivers GSM network in Afghanistan

Alcatel has signed a deal with Telecom Development Company Afghanistan (TDCA) to provide a GSM network solution consisting of both infrastructure products and services throughout Afghanistan.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  August 5, 2003

Alcatel has signed a deal with Telecom Development Company Afghanistan (TDCA) to provide a GSM solution consisting of both infrastructure products and services throughout Afghanistan. The system is already up and running in Kabul, under the name of Roshan, and will be extended to the other main cities of Herat, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad and Kunduz by the end of this year.

Under the terms of the deal, Alcatel will install its Evolium solution, as well as providing a radio base station subsystem (BSS) and a core network subsystem (NSS), which includes a mobile switching centre (MSC).

The completed network will also provide a short message service centre (SMS-C) and voice mail services. Furthermore, Alcatel will install microwave radio and carrier-class transmission solutions, which will be managed and monitored by its integrated transport network management platform.

Domestic and international communications will also be facilitated by the use of Alcatel’s VSAT connections.

“In the next 12 months with the support of it’s engineers, Alcatel will roll out the network to cover five of Afghanistan major cities. This is a very ambitious plan. The challenge of rolling out the network confirms Alcatel’s strengths in the fast delivery of mobile networks tying in with Roshan’s plans for supplying a reliable mobile network to the new Afghanistan,” says Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan.

“Taking this step in Afghanistan is a major achievement for Alcatel since we will be able to play a role in the rebuilding of the country’s telecommunication infrastructure. Through this co-operation with AKFED, Alcatel is also proud to contribute to the country’s development by building the first major quality GSM network,” adds Marc Rouanne, CEO of Alcatel’s Mobile Communications Group.

TDCA, which is an international consortium led by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and Monaco Telecom International, attained the Afghani GSM license in January 2003.

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