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Motorola expands Middle East GSM Networks

Kuwait and Jordan will both benefit from improved GSM capacity thanks to deals worth $51 million with telecoms company Motorola.

Motorola has signed two contracts worth a total of $51 million to expand GSM networks in the Middle East. Telecoms companies in Jordan and Kuwait will work with Motorola’s Global Telecommunications Solutions Sector (GTSS) to develop improved mobile services.

Kuwaiti GSM operator Mobile Telecommunications Company has announced a deal to expand its dual band 900/1800 GSM network capacity. The deal, worth $28 million, will put in place Motorola’s Horizonsystems GSM infrastructure solution, which will provide extra network coverage over wide area and high-density area set-ups, boosting capacity by 30%.

GTSS will complete work on MTCNet by the year end. The two companies have worked together since Motorola installed the first MTCNet network in 1994.

“Growing with the mobile market requires a proactive approach rather than a reactive one,” said Salman Al-Roumi, chairman of MTC. “By anticipating the demands of our customers, we can focus our strengths on exceeding our customers’ expectations. Working with Motorola enables us to be ready to serve the market ahead of time.”

In Jordan, the Fastlink network will also been improved with Horizonsystems. Fastlink is spending $23 million to increase the capacity of its network to handle 250,000 subscribers.

Basem Rousan, CTO and director of engineering for Fastlink commented: “Fastlink was the first GSM network in Jordan, and through our commitment to quality we have gained the confidence of a market enjoying spectacular growth. This new expansion takes us into the new century with a network designed to match and manage the growth.”

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