Mobile operator Paktel has contracted Alcatel for a GSM network expansion and modernisation. Under the terms of the multi-million Euro deal, Alcatel will build an EDGE capable network with around 1,400 sites, using its Evolium GSM/GPRS end-to-end solutions. Rollout will take place in three stages and is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2006. The Pakistan mobile market is currently experiencing rapid growth, with Paktel competing against Mobilink, Pakcom, U-fone, Warid Telecom and Telenor Pakistan. At the end of September 2005 Paktel claimed 954,528 subscribers.