Alfa signs up NSN to replace base stations

18 Feb 2008

Lebanese mobile operator Alfa has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to overhaul its GSM network infrastructure in the Greater Beirut area. Under the deal, NSN will replace Alfa’s existing base stations with new technology, to improve coverage and capacity, with work due for completion by the middle of this year. The new base stations will also reduce power consumption, and will also allow migration to 3G services with a minor upgrade. Ineke Botter, managing director and CEO of Alfa, commented: ‘It is our aim to provide our subscribers in Greater Beirut with the latest technology and better network coverage and we are convinced that, with the new Nokia Siemens technology, Alfa will be in the position to develop novel data services for its subscribers.’ Without specifying the exact technology being deployed, a press release said: ‘This technology is environmental friendly, using much less power and enables Alfa to ensure flexibility in offering a new variety of user friendly mobile services such as video, internet and audio combined usage. It will also allow the simultaneous use of voice and data at a speed comparable to ADSL.’