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AIRCOM to optimise Vinaphone's GSM 900 network

Aircom International, a mobile network planning and optimisation consultancy, has won a contract with Vietnamese mobile network operator Vinaphone to provide RF network planning, design support and surveying activities for the expansion of Vinaphone's GSM 900 network.

Aircom will be providing network planning and design services for 1,212 macrosites in 27 province’s capitals and along Vietnam’s national highway. The deal, which comes on the back of a commercial bidding procedure, will see Aircom deliver a range of consultancy services, including network planning and formal on-the-job training, to Vinaphone.

“We’re delighted to have won the opportunity to do more work with a growing network operator like Vinaphone,” said Nick Brown, Regional MD Asia, at AIRCOM International. “We had experience of working with Vinaphone in the past, having carried out some minor consulting projects as well as network planning and management tools supply, so to have been brought on board to help with the network expansion is a great result."

* Vinaphone is a subsidiary of the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Corporation and currently boasts more than 8 million subscribers in the country. It is expanding its existing GSM network to boost subscriber numbers and provide service coverage to all nationwide districts through the installation of an extra 5,000 base transmission stations (BTS). With Aircom's support, Vinaphone wants to have some 9,000 optimised BTS installed on its network by the end of the year.

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