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Nortel signs deal with Pak Telecom Mobile

Pak Telecom Mobile Ltd. has awarded Nortel Networks a contract estimated at US$56 million to implement a major ex...


December 23, 2003  


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Pak Telecom Mobile Ltd. has awarded Nortel Networks a contract estimated at US$56 million to implement a major expansion of PTML’s national Ufone GSM 900 digital wireless network.

This is the second major expansion by the company since it built the original network for PTML in 2001. It is expected to raise Ufone’s capacity to 1.3 million subscribers.

Under the agreement, PTML plans to expand and upgrade GSM radio base stations, switching, packet core and other related equipment from Nortel to support its wireless network.

PTML will also be deploying Nortel Networks Packet Voice Gateway (PVG), a packet voice solution delivering toll quality voice on Nortel Networks Passport multiservice data switching platform.

“GSM wireless technology plays an important role in helping us achieve our objective in becoming the leading cellular brand in the country,” said Arshad Khan, president and CEO of Ufone.

In addition to the initial network build and two network expansions for PTML, Nortel has provided Pakistan Telecommunications Corporation Ltd (PTCL), PTML’s parent company, with a long haul optical backbone to provide enhanced bandwidth capacity for voice and data customers.

It has also built an ATM backbone to support the wireless network of two of Pakistan’s other major cellular operators.