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LibanCell announces GPRS network

Lebanese GSM network operator, LibanCell has unveiled plans for the introduction of nationwide General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) high-speed mobile data services.

Lebanese GSM network operator, LibanCell has unveiled plans for the introduction of nationwide General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) high-speed mobile data services.

Scheduled to begin in early September, the network infrastructure is based on Motorola's Global Telecom Solutions Sector (GTSS) solution and is set to provide services to LibanCell's entire network of 385,000 subscribers.

"LibanCell, in partnership with Motorola, demonstrated the GPRS
technology in August 2000," says Hussein Rifai, LibanCell chairman and general manager. "The public interest in the GPRS potential encouraged us to empower LibanCell's network with wireless data infrastructure, keeping up with our tradition to continuously enhance LibanCell's network with the latest GSM developments."

"LibanCell's success is a superb example of a leading operator partnering with a leading supplier to deliver an end-to-end solution for the new generation of mobile technology," says Jeff Cherif, Motorola general manager for GTSS's Middle East & Africa Division. "We are delighted to be the enabler behind the
implementation of GPRS in the new world of the wireless data."

The GPRS will, LibanCell hopes, enable high-speed access to Internet-based content and services, via a mobile terminal, as it aims to open up the mobile market to a wealth of data applications, including e-commerce, email and data transfer.

"We believe it brings additional value to the services we offer to our subscribers. That is why we decided to implement GPRS across the LibanCell network, east to west, north to south," adds LibanCell's Rifai.

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