Wateen Telecom opts for WiMax with Moto

Pakistani operator Wateen Telecom has deployed a WiMax network across 17 cities in the country using technology from Motorola, the telco announced last week.

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By  Administrator Published  February 22, 2007

Pakistani operator Wateen Telecom has deployed a WiMax network across 17 cities in the country using technology from Motorola, the telco announced last week.

Through the network, Wateen will offer customers voice, data, internet and multimedia services. The network will be deployed in major cities across Pakistan, including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.

"We set ourselves very ambitious targets and timelines," said Tariq Malik, CEO of Wateen Telecom, which is the latest investment in the Pakistan market by business conglomerate the Abu Dhabi Group. "Having Motorola design, supply and deploy our WiMax network has given us a world class network in minimal time. At the same time, we have been able to focus on building other parts of our business."

Motorola will control the network for Wateen under a managed services contract, he added.

Other early adopters of WiMax in the region include the Emerging Markets Group in Egypt, which has selected two ISPs, EgyNet and TE Data, to develop WiMax networks; Samsung and Bayanat Al-Oula's WiMax collaboration in Saudi Arabia; and Iraqtel, which recently launched a WiMax network using technology from Canadian vendor Redline in Iraq.

Services to be offered through the WiMax network:

• Voice;

• Data;

• Internet;

• Multimedia.

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