Mobistar unveils network upgrade plan

12 Sep 2011

Belgian mobile network operator Mobistar has revealed that it is to replace all of its 2G Nortel equipment and replace it with new, Long Term Evolution-ready (LTE-ready) kit provided by Chinese hardware vendor Huawei. The cellco has said that it expects to upgrade all of its equipment by 2013, and claims that, as well as preparing it for the introduction of commercial LTE services, the network improvements will also allow it to increase transmission capacity and rates in the coming years. Mobistar noted that it expects to spend a total of EUR36 million (USD49 million) on the project , with that investment spread over several years, in line with its 2011 forecasts. In 2011 it said it expects to replace 497 mobile antennas, with the remainder of the network upgraded by the first half of 2013.

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