PARIS -– Jawwal, the Palestinian mobile operator has chosen Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) to replace part of its GSM network infrastructure, in the Gaza area. The multimillion dollars project will be completed by beginning of next year.
Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel will be responsible for the supply, installation, commissioning and integration of its multi-standard GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA radio access solution, including a period of optimization assistance.
“One of our main goals is to continuously improve the quality of the services we provide to our customers ” said Hakam Kanafani, Chief Executive Officer of Jawwal “To achieve this, we must have the best suppliers in the market. We chose Alcatel because of its proven experience in similar projects”.
“We have been operating in this area for a long time.” said Nour Atout Alcatel’s senior manager for the Palestinian Territories. “We know the market well, and Jawwal can count on Alcatel reliability as a partner, as proven with many mobile service providers worldwide. Our customers benefit from our extensive and wide-ranging experience, no matter where they are in the world.”
Alcatel is already a major supplier of PalTel, the Palestinian fixed telephony operator. This new contract not only gives Alcatel a foothold in the mobile market segment in the Palestinian territories but also reinforces Alcatel’s leading position in Middle-East and Africa.
Alcatel’s multi-standard Evolium™ solution provides operators with optimum capacity, performance and network quality and integrates all technologies - from GSM/GPRS to EDGE and UMTS/WCDMA - for the seamless upgrading of existing network and associated services. Furthermore, Alcatel is strongly committed to significantly reducing the costs of deployment, extension, operation and upgrading for future mobile multimedia services.