Alcatel to expand Spacetel Yemen's GSM mobile network
Spacetel, one of the two mobile operators in Yemen, has chosen to proceed with Alcatel's, GSM-900 MHz solutions to expand its GSM based mobile network. This multi-million euro contract foresees the supply of Alcatel's Evolium solution, comprising of its radio sub-system and mobile switching centers.
Under the terms of this contract Alcatel will deploy new Base stations and will expand Spacetel Mobile Switching Centers (MSC), as well as Intelligent Network (IN) platform for value-added services enabling Spacetel to enhance pre-paid (PPS) applications. To carry the traffic, the network will also utilize Alcatel's low-medium and high-capacity urban microwave radio systems managed by the Alcatel cost-efficient and powerful network management platform.
When completed, the deployment of the Evolium base stations (BTS) will significantly increase the network capacity allowing the operator to provide cellular communication services, based on Alcatel's solutions, for over 300,000 GSM subscribers over the entire country. The Alcatel Evolium family can support GSM, GPRS and EDGE technologies that can integrate future 3G mobile data applications.
Spacetel Yemen was incorporated in 2000, as a local and international sharing company. Having launched its local mobile service in 2001, Spacetel Yemen uses telecom equipment from Alcatel. The service is offered in post-paid and prepaid products
The company covers around 96 provinces with over 60 percent of the total population. The expected coverage until end of year 2003 will be over than 80 percent of the total population.
The international roaming services are also available for Spacetel customers in various countries and it will gradually increase to reach most GSM networks worldwide. — (menareport.com)
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