Huawei to upgrade Wateen & Qubee network for 4G

Huawei Pakistan has signed an equipment supply agreement with leading WiMAX broadband providers; Wateen & Qubee for upgrading their existing infrastructure to support 4G/LTE. It merits motioning here that both companies consolidated their wireless business last year.

The upgrade will significantly improve the coverage and capacity of the existing network to 20 fold and the customers would get speeds up to 20Mbps. This upgrade is targeted to be completed by May this year.  The complete press release is attached after the break.

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Lahore: April 3, 2014 –Huawei Technologies Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. today entered into an equipment supply agreement with Wateen and Qubee for upgrading their existing infrastructure to support high speed 4G broadband in Pakistan. Earlier in December 2013, the latter two companies announced their intentions to consolidate wireless broadband operations in Pakistan.

The signing ceremony was held today at the CEO Leaders’ Summit in the presence of The Honorable Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms; Mr. Mohammad Zubair, Minister of State & Chairman, Privatization Commission and the signatories, Mr. Ahmed Bilal Masud, Deputy CEO, Huawei Pakistan Limited, Mr. Naeem Zamindar, CEO, Wateen Telecom and Mr. Jamal Nasir Khan, CEO, Augere Pakistan Limited.

The state of the art equipment provided by Huawei will significantly improve the coverage and capacities of the existing networks of Wateen and Qubee to 20 fold, enabling customers to get speeds effectively up to 20 Mbps. The Network has been designed and dimensioned to provide not only retail but wholesale high speed capacities and support plug and play solutions to consumers, as well as Corporate and SME customers. The fixed broad band network will improve the broadband service offering in the country to the next level and enable the proposed joint operations to provide high speed broadband services at affordable prices. The Network upgrade is targeted to get completed by May 2014.

Ahmed Bilal Masud, Deputy CEO, Huawei Technologies Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. highlighting the global success and supremacy of Huawei technologies, said, “Emerging services require higher network quality where operators need to pay more attention to the quality of services; I am confident Huawei will provide the required support to the increasing complexity of network architecture through its multi-technology solutions and worldwide expertise.”

Naeem Zamindar, CEO, Wateen Telecom stated, “We are aiming to set new standards in the broadband market by raising the bar for all stakeholders in the market. This will result in improving the service standards for all the broadband customers and take the whole eco-system to the levels of data-service-provisioning comparable to international standards.”

Jamal Nasir Khan, CEO, Qubee Pakistan Ltd said, “This is a special occasion not only for us but also for the whole telecom industry in Pakistan. We are looking forward to become the pioneers in providing unparalleled broadband services to our customers.”


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