Wateen Telecom, a subsidiary of UAE-based Warid Telecom International, has contracted Motorola to plan, design and deploy a nationwide wireless broadband voice and data network in Pakistan. The 802.16e-based WiMAX access network will enable Wateen to offer broadband data services, including voice, internet access, corporate IP virtual private network (VPN) and public hotspots, to residential and corporate users. Motorola will provide Wateen with its MOTOwi4 solution, including an access network, subscriber units, an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core and related services. Initial deployment of the network is due to be completed by the second half of 2006.
Warid Telecom is currently operating in the country via its local mobile operator subsidiary Warid Telecom Pakistan.