Aircom and MobiNil ink 3G network planning deal

22 Oct 2008

Network planning company Aircom International has announced that it has been chosen by MobiNil, Egypt’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, to help plan and implement 3G technologies into the operators existing 2G infrastructure. Under the deal, MobiNil has purchased the UMTS+HSPA module of Aircom’s ASSET network planning tool, and the agreement will also see Aircom deliver 3G technology courses, training and a range of consultancy services to the cellco. MobiNil’s senior manager of RF Design and Optimisation, Mahmoud Hatab, said, ‘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. 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.’ Deployment of ASSET into the MobiNil network reportedly began in April 2008.