China Mobile Pakistan Limited (CMPak Ltd) has selected Alcatel-Lucent to enhance and expand. its GSM network in northern Pakistan. Ericsson has been selected for the expansion of the network throughout the south of the country.
CMPak Ltd is the company created in 2007 after the former Paktel was acquired by China Mobile.
Once implemented, the network expansion will enable CMPak to bring mobile service to a greater number of people in the region, helping to improve their economic prospects.
“The acquisition of Paktel is China Mobile’s first venture outside China. It is our prime objective to be rated as the best cellular service provider, not only by expanding our service area to every corner of the country but also by offering unmatched customer service,” said Guo Yonghong, CEO CMPak Limited.
Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its GSM/GPRS/EDGE solutions, including Base Station Sub-systems hardware and software. This includes the high-power radio module, TWIN TRX, a recent addition to the Alcatel-Lucent portfolio that doubles base-station capacity in urban environments with high subscriber density and offers wider coverage in rural environments while at the same time reducing power consumption by up to 30%.
Alcatel–Lucent also will supply its PDH and SDH digital microwave radio systems, which provide scalable and reliable transmission for mobile infrastructures. The Alcatel-Lucent PDH and SDH systems improve the backhaul efficiency of the mobile radio access network, helping CMPak reduce costs substantially. By optimizing how voice and data traffic is managed and transmitted from the base stations to the core network, this new generation of digital microwave radio links will enable the CMPak network to quickly and efficiently adapt to the growth in traffic and services.
In addition Alcatel-Lucent will supply CMPak with a suite of network integration services such as network optimization, system support and general project management.
Ericsson will provide a complete GSM radio network including MINI-LINK to extend coverage to 312 cities in the densely-populated Sindh and Balochistan regions.
The project will increase network capacity and provide coverage in difficult terrain, as well as enhance operational efficiency and prepare CMPak for evolution to 3G and other advanced technologies.