Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has signed a contract worth USD 52.87 million with China Mobile Pakistan Limited (CMPak), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, to expand its existing GSM/EDGE network. The expansion, which is now underway, will allow CMPak to provide enhanced commercial services in northern Pakistan by the end of the first quarter of 2009.
Alcatel-Lucent will enable CMPak to increase its network capacity and coverage, bringing enhanced mobile services to a greater number of people in the region and improving the end-user experience. Alcatel-Lucent will have the full responsibility for building the network, providing design, deployment and integration services. The company will also provide project management and maintenance services to help CMPak lower its network operational costs.
“This contract reinforces the existing strategic partnership between CMpak, China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent,” said Qian Li, CEO of CMPak, “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.”
Alcatel-Lucent, through its flagship company in China Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell will supply CMPak with its industry-leading 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. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a comprehensive suite of network integration services such as network optimization, system support and general project management, to enable CMPak to introduce new technologies and services in the future.
“We are honored to be chosen by China Mobile and CMPak to help expand its business outside of China,” said Olivia Qiu, President of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell. “The contract highlights the strong relationship between the companies, and we look forward to leveraging our global services capabilities to help CMPak meet its business goals.”