Huawei Technologies of China has been chosen as the sole supplier of Moroccan operator Wana’s new GSM/UMTS mobile network, under a contract of undisclosed value. The vendor is exclusively contracted to provide a 2G/3G wireless access network, core network and value added services (VAS) network, and phase one of the project will involve deployment of 1,500 base transceiver stations (BTS) by December this year. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, by the end of March 2009 Wana had 521,000 3G mobile users on its existing CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A network as well as around 1.7 million fixed line/limited mobility users and 216,000 broadband internet accounts (using EV-DO fixed-wireless and mobile connections as well as DSL), whilst it has piloted WiMAX access. It received a 2G mobile licence in February 2009. It continues to develop its EV-DO system, and trialled the Rev B evolution of the platform in June this year with another Chinese equipment provider, ZTE.
Huawei is supplying Wana with ‘fourth-generation’ BTSs which support multi-mode radio access networking, able to converge GSM, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, LTE, CDMA and WiMAX platform, whilst incorporating ‘green optimisation’ and All-IP technologies. Wana aims to provide a wide range of 3G services over the new network such as video calling, videoconferencing, streaming media and mobile internet.