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MobiNil commits to GPRS infrastructure

MobiNiL has signed a frame agreement with Alcatel that will lead to an expansion of the operator's GSM network in Egypt and the ability to roll-out GPRS services.

MobiNiL is investing 40 million Euros ($37 million) with Alcatel to expanding and enhancing its GSM network in Egypt.

A frame agreement was signed with Alcatel this month that will see MobiNil extend its GSM network coverage using Evolium switching and radio solutions. The project also includes new generation mobile switches and radio equipment supporting GPRS technology.

"This contract represents a key step in MobiNiL's plan to improve its quality of service and to launch next generation services. Alcatel, one of our main GSM strategic suppliers and partners, is supporting our commitment to offer the very best level of service," said Osman Sultan, MobiNiL's chief executive officer.

MobiNil first voiced its commitment to rolling out GPRS services in January, when it demonstrated the technology at Cairo Telecomp. At the time, MobiNil would not commit to a date for GPRS services to go live, but did promise it would be some time in 2001.

For Alcatel, the deal comes on the back of a longstanding partnership with MobiNil. "This contract is a new milestone in our partnership with MobiNiL. After having supplied switching, radio, intelligent network and high-speed transmission solutions, we are now very pleased to help MobiNiL further develop their infrastructure and start the migration towards third generation mobile communication," said Michel Rahier, president of Alcatel's mobile communication activities.

Alcatel Evolium Solutions cover an umbrella of products including radio and core network infrastructure, as well as revenue generating services for service providers.

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