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Qatar has first GPRS solution

Qatar Telecom announced it expects to double its present subscriber capacity after awarding Alcatel with a contract to expand its GSM network.

Qatar Telecom announced it expects to double its present subscriber capacity after awarding Alcatel with a contract to expand its GSM network.

The contract, which is worth US $21.6 million, also provides for the Middle East’s first complete GPRS solution for mobile Internet access, which was scheduled for deployment in the capital, Doha and other areas from June 2000.

Alcatel will perform the radio network optimisation and planning for the whole network, including the other vendors’ equipment.

Alcatel will also provide Qatar Telecom with an intelligent network platform enabling value-added services, such as pre-paid cards, and will install an end-to-end GPRS solution including all the necessary radio and core network infrastructure.

100,000 Subscriber Capacity

The Alcatel network is based on its Evolium mobile solution featuring a mobile switch with a 100,000-subscriber capacity, a secured HLR (home location register) and dual-band 900/1800 base stations.

It will also supply its open, standards-based HomeTop platform to provide WAP applications such as UMS (unified messaging service), locations-based services and mobile Internet services. These services will be available towards the end of the year.

Qatar Telecom says it will be able to cope with the traffic growth and traffic congestion and will be able to reach advanced standards in QoS (quality of service).

Vincenzo Nesci, Alcatel’s vice-president for the Middle East, was pleased with the contract and declared: “We are very satisfied to have been selected by Qatar Telecom as their second supplier.

"We were able to meet Qatar Telecom’s requirements for capacity, QoS, integrated mobile Internet access and tight delivery schedules. This will give Qatar Telecom’s subscribers the access to the most advanced mobile services in the region.”

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