Published on December 4th, 2008 | by Babar Bhatti8
Expansion Of Telecom Infrastructure In Pakistan: ZTE And CMPak In USD100 Million Base Station Deal.
CM Pak is one of the biggest investor of telecom infrastrucutre in Pakistan. This base station deal with ZTE has been in the making for a few months and it was announced to the general media today. According to PTA annual report, operators added around 8,000 new cell sites during 2007-08 . Ufone added the highest number of cell sites: 1827. Next was Mobilink which added 1,817 cell sites, taking its total sites to 7,339, the largest number among all operators. Total cell sites in Pakistan reached 21,518 up significantly from13,752 in 2006-07. Here is the detail of cell sites in Pakistan by operator, source: PTA report.
More info about the ZTE BTS here. The press release:
ZTE announced that it has clinched a US$100 million deal with CMPak, a unit of China Mobile Ltd, on the infrastructure extension construction of GSM network in Pakistan.
Under the terms of the agreement, ZTE will provide CMPak with its M8206 base station using a unified total IP hardware platform, focusing on the central Pakistan with the highest GDP and more than half of the population in the country.
“With this significant contract deal with CMPak, ZTE again proves its cutting-edge technology in the industry and strengthens its partnership with CMPak as its preferred and No.1 telecom equipment supplier. At the same time, ZTE has been sharing China Mobile’s success in the overseas market which further shows the substantial mark that Chinese telecom players are achieving in the global telecom arena.” said Zhang Liang, CEO of ZTE Pakistan.
At present, ZTE’s GSM equipment is adopted by over 60 operators across more than 50 countries, resulting in the installation of mobile capacity exceeding 200 million lines. The global GSM market share held by the company had gone up more than 100% from 2003 to 2007.