Motorola to expand MTC-Vodafone's GPRS network

Motorola, the US telecoms equipment vendor, has landed a US$19million deal to expand MTC-Vodafone’s Kuwaiti GPRS network.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  August 19, 2003

Motorola, the US telecoms equipment vendor, has landed a US$19million deal to expand MTC-Vodafone’s Kuwaiti GPRS network.

The deal includes network services and equipment to increase the mobile operator’s network capacity and coverage, and will double MTC-Vodafone’s GPRS data throughput via the implementation of coding schemes 3 and 4 (CS3/4).

CS3/4 enables the provisioning of data services at up to 70 kbps, providing the necessary capacity and throughput to handle most of the data services commercially available to wireless subscribers today.

"Motorola has been a trusted and reliable supplier of network infrastructure equipment to us for many years," said Dr. Saad Al Baraak, director general for MTC.

"We launched our nationwide GPRS service using a Motorola network just last year, and with this latest expansion of our enhanced GPRS performance, we can offer more customers the latest applications, providing them with an even better service experience," he added.

Motorola will begin deploying its Horizon Macro base stations to provide increased coverage in MTC's 900 and 1800 networks. All of Motorola's Horizon radio access network (RAN) solutions are compliant with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) standards for GPRS CS3/4.

"This important network expansion project with MTC is the latest example of how Motorola is building on its strong relationships with leading carriers in the Middle East to deliver equipment and services that can help improve the performance of their networks today, while offering long-term flexibility and value for their capital expenditures," said Jeff Cherif, vice president for the Middle East and Africa region for Motorola's GTSS.

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