Mobilink, the Pakistani subsidiary of Orascom, has hired Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent to design, deploy and maintain its next-generation mobile network equipment, along with providing supporting services to the operator.
Mobilink expects to enhance its voice and data services throughout Pakistan and also pave the way for 3G services, as soon as they are licensed in the country.
“As part of our commitment to the Pakistani telecom market, this strategic investment will allow Mobilink to continue to provide cutting-edge, high-quality mobile broadband and voice services to our customers in Pakistan while reducing costs associated with operating the network,” said Ahmed Abou Doma, group CEO of Orascom Telecom.
Mobilink is also looking to increase network efficiency and reduce operating costs by adopting the latest generation of equipment.
Huawei was awarded 50% of the radio network and 100% of the core and value added services networks, while Alcatel-Lucent was awarded the other 50% of the radio access network.