By Alex Marklew
Fastlink has awarded a US$29 million infrastructure deal to Motorola - which only a few months ago sold its stake in the Jordanian mobile operator.
Jordanian mobile operator Fastlink is ready to expand its network after handing a US$29 million infrastructure contract to Motorola.
The American company will be increasing Fastlink's switching capacity as well as installing extra cellular base stations.
Also part of the package is an agreement to provide engineering services, switching support, overall system engineering and network optimisation.
Motorola will also provide tools to maximise this network optimisation, including intelligent optimisation services, network health analysts and a cell optimisation product.
At present Fastlink is limited to 500,000 subscribers, most of them in Aqaba and the capital Amman. The Motorola project, expected to be completed by the end of July, is phase one of an expansion plan that will eventually allow a quarter of a million extra users.
The deal marks a return to Jordan for Motorola, which sold its 26.1% stake in Fastlink back in January.
Part of a worldwide strategy to pull out of operation and into infrastructure, one Motorola official said at the time that conflicts were developing when Motorola's network infrastructure customers found themselves competing with companies in which it held a large stake.
In addition, it would have looked a little suspicious to the competition if Motorola had effectively been awarded a massive cotract like this by a company it had a major interest in.