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Bridging the Digital Divide

In remote areas that are often sparsely populated and located in difficult geographical environments, telecoms infrastructure is more often than not underdeveloped due to the fact that providing telecom services in such areas means low returns on their investment for service providers.

In order to enhance communication and accessibility in such rural regions, Huawei has developed customized technology that adapts to difficult environmental conditions at a relatively lower cost of deployment and operation, thereby enabling service providers worldwide to bring the power of communication to rural areas more cost-effectively.

Indonesia

Connecting Islands

As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia has thousands of islands spread across its large territory, posing as a considerable challenge for service providers who wish to provide wireless nationwide coverage.

Together with Excelcom, Huawei provided a customized network solution that provides coverage for 70% of the territory through satellite transmission, allowing the most remote islands to be connected. The network delivers GSM and GPRS services, and has the ability to provide more than 40% of the population with access to communication.

CDMA 2000 in Remote Areas

Indonesian telecoms operator Mobisel wanted to upgrade its NMT450 analog system to a 3G network in some of the most sparsely populated regions in order to improve the country's telecoms infrastructure.

Huawei delivered an end-to-end, innovative and cost-effective solution that is based on the 3G CDMA 2000 1x interface and offers broader coverage of up to 120km, thus resulting in the need for fewer base stations and lower deployment costs. This solution gave Mobisel the ability to switch effortlessly from their analog system to providing high-speed and quality voice 3G data services in less than six months, thereby significantly improving communication throughout Indonesia.

CDMA 450 in Tibet

Communication has always been somewhat of a challenge in Tibet due to its complicated geographic environment and extremely low population density. Through cooperation with the Tibetan government and operators, Huawei built a network that covers main Tibetan towns including Lhasa, Xigaze, Linzhi, Shannan, Qamdo, Nagqu, and other small towns and pastoral areas.

The network is based on Huawei's CDMA450 technology, which has the ability to provide wide coverage and large capacities in difficult environments which are sparsely populated. Huawei customized the solution based on local conditions and was able to realize flexible networking while reducing the cost of network construction.

The network's launch was warmly welcomed by the local population, with an overwhelming number of subscribers signing up for the new service. Along with the improvement in coverage, the amount of traffic and number of SMS have been on the rise as well, thus bringing real benefits to the local population and radically improving Tibet's infrastructure.

Pakistan Villages

Huawei worked with PTCL to implement an initiative called "Telephone to Villages", whose goal was to improve Pakistan's telecoms infrastructure and provide isolated areas with increased access to advanced services.

Huawei provided PTCL with a cost-effective and end-to-end solution based on CDMA450 WLL, which comprised system equipment, service platform, handsets and terminals. The network currently covers most of the villages and towns in Pakistan, providing quality voice and data services, in addition to value-added services such as pre-paid charging, wireless public telephones and SMS.