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Qatar to get Middle East’s first GPRS System

Alcatel has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to expand Qatar Telecom Corporation’s GSM network.

Alcatel has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to expand Qatar Telecom Corporation’s GSM network, including the development of a complete GPRS solution to enable mobile Internet access.

Work has already begun on the improvements, which will create the most advanced phone network in the region.

The new network will use Alcatel’s EVOLIUM mobile solution, and will provide up to 100,000 subscribers in Doha and other parts of the country with a full dual-band GSM service.

WAP applications such as mobile Internet access, location-based services and Unified Messaging Services will be supported via GPRS using Alcatel’s HomeTop platform.

The provision of an Intelligent Network platform will enable Q-TEL to offer consumer services such as prepaid SIM cards, and improve quality of service to the network. The system, which will cost $21.6 million, should be up and running by the end of the year.

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