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Motorola wins deal for broadband in Pakistan

Motorola claimed a global first last week when it announced that it had won a contract to provide its WiMax technology to Wateen Telecom in Pakistan.

Motorola claimed a global first last week when it announced that it had won a contract to provide its WiMax technology to Wateen Telecom in Pakistan.

Wateen Telecom, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi Group, will use the technology to underpin its rollout of a wireless broadband voice and data network.

The 802.16e-based MOTOwi4 WiMax access network and subscriber units will enable Wateen Telecom to offer broadband data services covering residential and corporate voice, internet access, corporate IP virtual private network (VPN) and public hotspots.

The initial deployment will be completed by the second half of this year.

The multi-million dollar deal is the first of its kind for Motorola, according to Laith Sadiq, business development director for Motorola EMEA’s wireless broadband unit.

However he said the vendor currently had a number of such projects “in the pipeline” with further announcements expected in the second half of the year for the EMEA region.

“There are certain milestones where technology moves from slides to reality and I think this will be one of them,” he said.

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