Motorola sign $150 million deal with BT Cellnet

Motorola’s Global Telecom Solutions Sector has signed a $150 million network infrastructure expansion deal with BT Cellnet.

Motorola’s Global Telecom Solutions Sector, one of the world’s leading suppliers of Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) digital wireless solutions, has announced that it has signed a $150 million network infrastructure expansion deal with BT Cellnet.

During the life of the contract, which runs through March 2003, Motorola will provide a range of Motorola’s GSM base stations, related equipment and services.

The deal, which is an extension of Motorola’s existing business with BT Cellnet, means that Motorola continues as a major base station supplier to the BT Cellnet’s GSM mobile network, which covers 99 per cent of the UK population.

The equipment involved will cover a range of Motorola’s GSM base stations.

Motorola also will supply technical support services to BT Cellnet to ensure the efficient running of the newly expanded network.

System support, including network optimisation, hardware services and software maintenance, will be performed by a team of Motorola digital wireless network operating system professionals.

Beyond its role as a GSM digital infrastructure provider, Motorola are said to have made a significant contribution to BT Cellnet’s success as an industry pioneer when together they launched the world’s first corporate General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) service on June 26th, 2000.

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