China Mobile chooses Alcatel-Lucent in Pakistan

Under the terms of this contract, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its end-to-end GSM/GPRS/EDGE solutions, including Base Station Sub-systems hardware and software.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  June 4, 2007

Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a network expansion contract by China Mobile Pakistan Limited (CMPak), a company created after the former Paktel was acquired by China Mobile. This turnkey contract covers the expansion of the CMPak GSM network in northern Pakistan. The equipment for this expansion will be provided by Alcatel-Lucent’s Chinese flagship company Alcatel Shanghai Bell, a long-term partner to China Mobile. Once implemented, the network expansion will enable CMPak to bring mobile service to a greater number of people in the region, and the new contract underscores Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership in high-growth economies. “The acquisition of Paktel is China Mobile's first venture outside China. It is our prime objective to be rated as the best cellular service provider, not only by expanding our service area to every corner of the country but also by offering unmatched customer service,” said Guo Yonghong, CEO CMPak. “We believe that by choosing Alcatel-Lucent we have partnered with an industry leader that will help us implement our plans to undertake the most significant network expansion in the history of Pakistan.” Under the terms of this contract, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its end-to-end GSM/GPRS/EDGE solutions, including Base Station Sub-systems hardware and software. This includes the high-power radio module, TWIN TRX, a recent addition to the Alcatel-Lucent portfolio that doubles base-station capacity in urban environments with high subscriber density and offers wider coverage in rural environments while at the same time reducing power consumption by up to 30%. Alcatel–Lucent also will supply its PDH and SDH digital microwave radio systems, which provide scalable and reliable transmission for mobile infrastructures. The Alcatel-Lucent PDH and SDH systems improve the backhaul efficiency of the mobile radio access network, helping CMPak reduce costs substantially.

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