Mobilink deploys Alcatel-Lucent WiMax network

Pakistani mobile operator selects telco supplier to roll out Pakistan's first network based on the 802.16e standard.

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By  Michele Howe Published  September 24, 2007

Pakistani mobile operator Mobilink has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy the first live WiMax network in Pakistan based on the 802.16e standard.

The network will cover major cities in Pakistan, including Karachi, Mobilink, a subsidiary of Egypt's Orascom Telecom, announced.

Value of the contract was not disclosed.

Mobilink, which has more than 27 million subscribers, said the network would enable it to offer its customers a range of advanced broadband multimedia services, including video streaming.

"The introduction of WiMaX will help us address the needs of our corporate and residential subscribers in Pakistan who want the ability to access wireless broadband services everywhere and at any time," Marwan Hayek, chief technology officer of Mobilink, said.

Alcatel-Lucent will supply its universal WiMax end-to-end solution, including base stations, wireless access controllers, an operation and maintenance center as well as customer premise equipment and network integration services.

The contract with Mobilink is the telecom equipment supplier's second big win in the region this month after Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil recently appointed it to expand its wireless network.

"This contract builds on our long-standing relationship with Mobilink and Orascom, and it confirms the market readiness of Alcatel-Lucent's WiMax solution today," commented Olivier Picard, president of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in the Europe and South region.

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