Nokia has won a deal worth $120 million to supply GSM/EDGE and WCDMA 3G network equipment to the Libyan General Post and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) for a new nationwide mobile network.
Under the term of the deal, Nokia will be the main supplier of the operator’s new core network, including packet core, as well as supplier of half of the radio network.
Nokia’s radio network will serve Tripoli and the western half of the country, providing coverage to over 60% of the GPTC’s subscriber base.
The majority of the radio network supplied by Nokia will be EDGE-capable, and Nokia will also provide WCDMA 3G capable base stations. In addition, it will supply its GPRS solution and the Nokia MSC Server System.
The company claims that this is the first deployment of a 3GPP Release 4 architecture in Africa.
Nokia will also provide network planning, project management and training.