Moroccan fixed line and mobile operator Maroc Télécom has contracted China’s Huawei Technologies to be its main supplier for the construction of a nationwide 3G W-CDMA/HSPA network. The contract includes the building of an all-IP core network based on IP mobile softswitch technology. The Chinese vendor’s UMTS/HSPA Node B range of technologies will be used to enable Maroc Télécom to offer broadband-speed mobile services throughout its 3G footprint. The unified 2G/3G core network will also be designed to evolve to IMS/FMC smoothly. Maroc Télécom had 10.81 million subscribers on its GSM/GPRS mobile network at the end of 2006.
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