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Motorola Inks $19M Network Deal

Motorola's telecommunications infrastructure division has signed a $19 million contract to expand Jordan's largest mobile network, Fastlink.

Motorola, a mobile handset and netowriking company based outside of Chicago, is an investor in FastLink's parent company.

The project includes hardware, software and services and will boost the subscriber capacity of Fastlink's Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) by 20 percent. The carrier currently has 900,000 customers.

"Through the GSM and GPRS network expansions, Fastlink can continue to create market differentiation, reach a higher volume of users and realize increased revenue opportunities," said Jeff Cherif, Motorola general manager for the Middle East.

The networks facilitate e-mail, messaging, digital music distribution, games and entertainment, banking functionality and always-on Internet access.

"Based on the successes of our GSM and GPRS deployments last year on Motorola networks, we are expanding our networks to provide the same reliable service to more consumers throughout the Kingdom," said Ziad Shatara, Fastlink's CTO.

Fastlink is owned by Jordan Mobile Telephone Services Company, an 8-year-old joint venture between Motorola and Jordanian investors.

The Jordan deal comes two weeks after Motorola landed a $30 million contract with an Indonesian telecom. Motorola has racked up a a number of overseas networking deals, especially in Asia-Pacific, in recent months.