Pelephone, Israel’s first 3G wireless network technology operator, has selected Nortel Networks to expand its 3G Wireless Data Network in a supply agreement estimated at $30 million over three years.
Nortel Networks is the primary provider of Pelephone’s existing CDMA2000 1X Wireless Data Network, which was launched as Israel’s first commercial 3G wireless network earlier this year. Pelephone currently serves approximately 1.9 million subscribers in Israel.
The expansion of Pelephone’s 3G Wireless Data Network will overlay existing network equipment and will also help the company to drive new revenues by supporting high-speed wireless data and secure Internet services.
Under the scope of the supply agreement, Nortel Networks will deploy products from its CDMA Metro Cell radio base station (BTS), CDMA Base Station Controller (BSC), and CDMA Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) portfolios to expand the Pelephone network.
Today’s announcement marks a continuation of Nortel Networks’ success in the emerging Middle East, African and Eastern Europe markets, including recent supply agreements with Multi-Links, Telecom Egypt and Angola Telecom in Africa, and with BaykalWestcom and UralWestcom in Russia.