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Jordan's Fastlink Adds to Motorola's Leadership for End-to-End GPRS Network Solutions in Middle East
Posted: 03-Jul-2002 [Source: Motorola press release]

[Motorola to install an overlay GSM/GPRS system on Fastlink's 900 MHz network with the total value of the contract US$29 million.]

Amman, Jordan -- Jordan's most popular mobile network, Fastlink, which launched the Kingdom's first nationwide commercial General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) network mobile service earlier this year on a Motorola network, is further increasing its wireless data subscriber base as it provides its consumers with "always on" connectivity and impressive speeds of up to 44 Kb/s. In addition to the GPRS deployment, Fastlink contracted with Motorola's Global Telecom Solutions Sector (GTSS) to install an overlay Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications system on its 900 MHz network. The total value of the GPRS/GSM contract is $29 million. Motorola will deploy its Horizonsystems GSM infrastructure solutions to expand Fastlink's nationwide network. When fully installed, the system can accommodate approximately one million subscribers.

The expansion comes as a part of Fastlink's continued efforts to increase its network. "Fastlink is the market leader, and our consumers expect us to provide them with the best service and the latest in cutting edge cellular technology," said Michael Dagher, chief executive officer for Fastlink. "Motorola has been with Fastlink since day one and we are happy to continue with them in this mutually beneficial relationship."

"The Motorola/Cisco GPRS end-to-end solution offers a number of benefits. Consumers have access to e-mail, messaging, digital music distribution, games and entertainment, banking functionality and 'always on' Internet access," said Jeff Cherif, general manager for the Middle East and Africa region for Motorola's GTSS. "Operators such as Fastlink will have more efficient use of radio resources and a higher volume of users, which can lead to increased revenues, and a great opportunity for market differentiation."

Motorola's GPRS radio network solution includes the Serving GPRS Support Node (SSGN), supplied by Motorola Computer Group, and the Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) from Cisco Systems. Motorola's GPRS radio network can be implemented over an existing GSM network with a software load and a packet control unit (PCU) addition, which can help protect an operator's investment.

Motorola is a leader in GPRS, delivering a range of technologies including handsets and the underlying handset technology, network infrastructure and applications. Motorola also leads the industry with its portfolio of GPRS handsets, offering "always on" high-speed GPRS transmission speeds of 27-56 Kb/s. Consumers in Jordan with Fastlink service can currently choose from a range of Motorola's handsets with GPRS technology including the V.60, V.66, V.70 and T280.

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