By James Thornton
Mobile phone operator MobiNil has struck a deal with Nokia meaning Egyptian customers will soon be able to surf the Web through their mobile phones.
MobiNil has teamed up with Nokia in a bid to offer mobile internet services through its GSM network. The Egyptian mobile operator has deployed the new equipment from Nokia, which will involve the installation of WAP and GPRS technology.
The first stage of the expansion project involves high capacity mobile switches and microwave transmission equipment, and is set to be up and running by April. The deal marks the latest stage of MobiNil’s technological development strategy.
The agreement with Nokia follows MobiNil’s announcement of a 41 percent rise in revenue for the year 2000. The company’s annual return stood at US $543 million, while the number of active subscribers to its network hit 1.2 million.
Following the announcement MobiNil president and CEO, Osman Sultan declared the company’s commitment to providing its customers with the latest wireless technologies.
“We continue to clearly lead the market with strong subscriber growth and sustained revenue growth,” said Sultan
“In 2001 we will build upon our strong and dominant brands. For our customers, we will bring the best of new offerings and new technologies such as GPRS.”
“We have already brought the Internet to the hands of the Egyptian consumer. We will shape its evolution with content services that enrich the customer experience with an emphasis on local content and lifestyle services.”