France’s Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has signed a USD52.87 million deal with CMPak (Zong), the Pakistan-based subsidiary of China Mobile. Under the agreement Alcatel-Lucent will expand Zong’s existing GSM/EDGE network, and it is expected that the upgrades will allow the cellco to offer enhanced services in the north of the country by the end of June 2009; it will supply Zong with its multi-standard GSM/EDGE radio access solution including its latest Base Station Controller platform and TWIN transceivers, along with microwave transport solutions for enhancing interconnection among base stations and providing mobile traffic backhauling capabilities. Deployment of equipment is reportedly underway already, and the project will see Alcatel-Lucent expand both network capacity and coverage. The hardware vendor will not only design and build the network, but also provide project management and maintentance services. Commenting on the deal, Qian Li, CEO of Zong said, ‘Alcatel-Lucent will help us implement our business plans and ensure we can rely on industry-proven mobile technologies in Pakistan for now and the future.’
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