PAKISTAN'S FIRST LIVE WiMAX NETWORK TO DELIVER
Advanced Multimedia Services & High Speed Net Access
Sep 24 - 30, 2007
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited ("Mobilink"), the leading mobile operator in Pakistan and a wholly owned subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Holding, have signed a contract to participate in deploying Pakistan's first live network based on the Universal 802.16e-2005 WiMAX solution.
The network will cover major cities in Pakistan, including Karachi, the nation's financial capital and the major business center. Based on the latest IEEE 802.16e-2005 standards (also called Rev-e), the new WiMAX network will be deployed in the 3.5 GHz spectrum enabling rapid implementation of broadband services available in fixed and nomadic environments.
It will deliver high-speed internet access, enabling the delivery of advanced broadband multimedia services, such as video streaming, through a variety of end-user devices including laptops, desktop computers, modems and WiMAX terminals.
"The deployment of WiMAX will enable our subsidiaries to complement their GSM offering with broadband services," said Tamer El Mahdi, CTO of Orascom Telecom Holding.
"The introduction of WiMAX will help us address the needs of corporate and residential subscribers in Pakistan who want the ability to access wireless broadband services everywhere and at anytime," said Marwan Hayek, CTO of Mobilink.
Alcatel-Lucent will supply its Universal WiMAX end-to-end solution, including base stations, wireless access controllers, an operation and maintenance center (OMC) as well as customer premise equipment (CPE), and network integration services. The new network leverages equipment already installed in Mobilink's GSM network, helping to reduce deployment cost.
To ensure that Mobilink's customers benefit from state-of-the-art WiMAX devices that comply with the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard, Alcatel-Lucent will propose fixed and nomadic terminals from various CPE partners in a global end-to-end offering.
This is part of Alcatel-LucentÝs Open CPE program, which is designed to promote an open device ecosystem and ensure customers have a wide range of interoperable end-user devices.
According to Olivier Picard, President of Alcatel-LucentÝs activities in the Europe and South region, this new contract confirms WiMAX technology's growing momentum worldwide and strengthens Alcatel-LucentÝs presence and leadership position in the Middle East and South Asia.
"This contract builds on our long-standing relationship with Mobilink and Orascom, and it confirms the market readiness of Alcatel-LucentÝs WiMAX solution today," Picard said. "It highlights Alcatel-LucentÝs unique ability to deliver the most advanced Universal WiMAX solution to its customers and further proves Mobilink's confidence in our technology and solutions."
Alcatel-LucentÝs Universal WiMAX solution integrates the latest technological innovations, such as "beam forming"* and MIMO**. Beam forming enables a service provider to dramatically reduce the number of radio sites needed to provide coverage ˝ in some instances by as much as 40 percent ˝ while reducing interference and ensuring better indoor penetration of the radio signal. MIMO helps make radio links more robust, nearly doubling the capacity delivered in dense urban environments.
With more than 70 pilots and deployments across the world and 14 commercial contracts signed since the beginning of 2007, this new project clearly underscores Alcatel Lucent's leading position in the WiMAX market.
Mobilink is an Orascom Telecom Group company and is Pakistan's leading cellular service provider with a subscriber growth of 104% in 2006. The company has achieved an unprecedented customer base of over 27 million. Mobilink provides the most extensive network coverage footprint across Pakistan through an integrated technology infrastructure in more than 5,000 cities, towns, villages, and countless remote destinations, including International Roaming in 127 countries through 300 partner operators.
The company directly employs over 4,000 people and has the largest distribution network with 200,000 outlets across Pakistan. Mobilink's corporate social responsibility program contributes significantly in key areas of health, education, social uplift and cultural development causes in Pakistan. The company is the official cellular service of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Mobilink is the only corporate in Pakistan to issue a 'high-yield' bond worth US$ 250 million in the International Market and has contributed to a positive image of the country as a secure destination for business activity.
WiMAX (802.16e-2005) stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. It enables Voice and Broadband connectivity for fixed, nomadic or mobile use in urban, suburban and rural areas. For more information about WiMAX: please click here
* "Beam forming" is an Advanced Antenna Technology (AAT) that ensures that radio power is concentrated where the WiMAX terminals are, adjusting the beam automatically as the terminals move around the coverage area.
* "MIMO" (Multiple Input ˝ Multiple Output) is an Advanced Antenna Technology (AAT) that combines the radio signals transmitted and received on separate antennas. The technique takes advantage of the multiple paths and reflections of a radio signal to strengthen radio communications, particularly in densely populated areas where signals can be degraded by buildings and other physical.