Mobiserve chief signals move by operators to reduce costs of mobile network expansion as they brace for strong growth in 2010

Published December 7th, 2009 - 10:35 GMT

Mobiserve, a regional leader in turnkey telecommunication infrastructure solutions and engineering services, sees strong growth for mobile operators in the coming years despite the global economic downturn, as the region’s mobile user base is expected to grow an additional 34 percent, or approximately 48 million users, by 2012. 

 

At the 14th annual GSM>3G Middle East Telco World Summit being held in Dubai on 7 & 8 December 2009, Mobiserve CEO Sameh Atalla said that regional operators are considering the adoption of cost cutting measures that are being implemented globally to improve profit margins.  These include the possibility of network sharing where multiple operators can share a single tower or cellular site, reducing the cost of ownership and maintenance of the site while increasing network coverage, and ultimately, profits.

 

“Over the past decade, we have worked with the region’s top operators across diverse geographical environments to cost-effectively build and maintain advanced mobile networks on their behalf and have found that in many countries, we are deploying multiple towers or radio base stations (RBSs) for multiple operators who are providing similar geographical network coverage,” said Atalla.  “In countries where you have 3 or even 4 operators, there is a strong financial incentive for these operators to share certain network components rather than develop them individually and at a tremendous cost.”

 

Mobiserve has deployed over 8,500 sites since it was established in 1999, and in 9 countries across Africa, Middle East and Asia, It is the chosen infrastructure build out and engineering partner for 10 of the region’s leading operators including du in UAE, Zain in Saudi Arabia, Mobinil, Vodafone and Etisalat in Egypt, Djezzy and LACOM in Algeria, Mobilink and Red Dragon in Pakistan, and Banglalink in Bangladesh.

“Another key area which has proven its cost effectiveness and has fueled Mobiserve’s growth and expansion over the past 10 years is the outsourcing of network infrastructure build out and expansion to dedicated solutions providers like Mobiserve, where the time and costs of building a mobile network, then maintaining it are greatly reduced.  To put this into context, Mobiserve has over 5,500 telecommunications professionals on staff who are purely focused on network build out and maintenance, and that can be deployed almost instantly to any site.  This means that an operator can go live with its service in a country or a region quickly and at the lowest cost possible,” Atalla added.

 

Mobiserve provides turnkey communications solutions across telecommunications and satellite services, manufacturing of telecoms towers and shelters, telecom infrastructure development, deployment as well as infrastructure operations and management.  It maintains offices across Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE, KSA and more recently, Morocco.

 

Mobiserve delivers world-class infrastructure and services through globally leading technologies by its partners Cisco, NEC, Motorola, Huawei, Ericsson , Nokia Siemens, Alcatel Lucent, and ZTE  Networks to name a few.


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