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October 24, 2008

AIRCOM Helps Mobinil Deploy 3G Technology in Egypt

Mobinil, mobile service provider in Egypt has selected AIRCOM International to help plan and implement 3G technology into its existing 2G network.
3G networks enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving greater network capacity. 3G services include wide-area wireless voice telephony, video calls, and broadband wireless data. Additional features include HSPA data transmission capabilities able to deliver speeds up to 14.4Mbps downlink and 5.8Mbps uplink.
Mobinil has purchased the UMTS+HSPA module of the ASSET network planning tool from AIRCOM’s ENTERPRISE tool suite, as it seeks to roll out a wide range of 3G services to its customers. It will provide a range of training and consultancy services to Mobinil’s engineers, to ensure a seamless integration into the network. 
“As part of the Mobinil mission to maintain its position as the leading mobile service provider in Egypt, we partnered with AIRCOM as they were in the best position to help deliver quality 3G services to the market quickly,” said  Mahmoud Hatab, senior manager for Mobinil’s RF design optimization division, in a statement. “Having a great radio planning tool helps us deliver this quality efficiently and it was obvious that ASSET offered the best solution to meet our needs.”
AIRCOM said its new ASSET is a multi technology radio planning suite, designed to help maximize network quality of service and ensure subscriber contentment, while reducing churn. It reduces network maintenance costs and the time in planning networks. It can switch between textual and map analysis for quick interpretation of results.
According to the company ASSET is deployed by more than 175 customers worldwide and works across multiple technology mobile networks — including WiMAX, HSDPA 2G and 3G — and has been used by Mobinil since 2006 to plan and optimize its existing 2G network. 
“We are delighted to have been selected by Mobinil as it rolls out its 3G network,” said International. 
He added,
“ASSET will be able to generate sophisticated network statistics and reports for Mobinil to ensure the network provides optimum quality and capacity,” said Bashar Zako, regional managing director for AIRCOM’s Middle East, Africa and India operations, in a statement.
Ultimately this will reduce Mobinil’s OPEX spend and help to ensure it delivers the best possible quality of service to its customers. 
AIRCOM is an independent provider of network management tools and services. The company specializes in end-to-end network planning, sharing, outsourcing and OSS optimisation for IP and cellular networks. In addition to its products and services, it also runs a training division and AIRCOM contractor services (ACS), a specialist recruiter of telecoms contractors.

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Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Mae Kowalke

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