Mobilink expects 50,000 WiMAX users this year

13 Nov 2008

Mobilink, Pakistan’s largest cellular operator by subscribers, and Alcatel-Lucent yesterday announced the successful commercial launch of Mobilink Infinity, a wireless broadband and telephony service for residential and enterprise users based on the mobile WiMAX standard, 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e). Mobilink Infinity went live on 22 October in Karachi, Pakistan’s financial capital. According to the joint statement, in its first week, the service attracted ‘several thousand’ subscribers. Mobilink, a member of Egypt’s Orascom Telecom group, estimates that it will sign up 50,000 WiMAX subscribers by year-end. Mobilink Infinity subscribers can enjoy always-on high speed internet connectivity and ‘high quality’ voice calls using a standard phone or PC interface. Alcatel-Lucent has supplied a comprehensive WiMAX Rev-e solution including both fixed and nomadic terminal devices from various CPE partners, using its Open CPE standards, and the WiMAX network leverages existing sites and equipment in Mobilink’s GSM network.

Pakistan, Alcatel-Lucent, Jazz