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Motorola finishes Qatar deployment

Telecoms infrastructure provider installs radio technology at transportation firm.

Motorola has completed its digital radio technology project with Qatari transport service provider Mowasalat, the company announced yesterday.

Mowasalat, which runs taxi, limousine, and bus services in Qatar, connected 1,800 of its vehicles to Motorola’s Tetra (terrestrial trunked radio) solution.

It operates 2,000 taxis, 400 limousines and more than 1,000 buses in total. The company said it undertook the deployment because it wanted to be able to more closely monitor its growing fleet.

“Mowasalat’s communications needs changed significantly as a result of our recent fleet expansion, and this resulted in our migration to a TETRA solution,” said Ahmed Abd Al Aziz Al Ansari, marketing manager at Mowasalat.

The company also needed to have the first phase of the project in place for the 2006 Asian Games, which were held in Doha last December, Ansari said.

Previously, Mowasalat was using a mix of GSM and GPRS (general packet radio service)-based solutions, a spokesperson for Motorola said.

Motorola supplied its MTH800 Tetra portable and MTM800 Tetra mobile terminals, which use Qtel’s Tetra network, to Mowasalat. Motorola worked with its authorised distributor in Qatar, Omnix Qatar Company, on the project.