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Project NOVA-7

Mobile Broadband Project

GDN has undertaken a three phased project, to develop the Cloud Based Broadband Ecosystem Design for a country of minimum 200 million people having, as of June 2018, minimum 150 million mobile phone subscribers (58 million Broadband subscribers). 

NOVA-7 Network Design is to be capable of providing Secured; Digital; Scalable; Efficient and Multiple Affordable Services to Small Businesses and or Large Corporations, in addition to minimum 650,000 individual subscribers, from day one.

Project Objective

Digital transformation is creating new challenges and opportunities, globally, for businesses small or large. However, to remain competitive in free-market-world and to ensure sustainable business growth, businesses need a Secure; Digital; Scalable and Affordable Mobile Network.

NOVA-7 is specifically designed to provide affordable digital platform for small businesses, self-employed individuals and or large corporations, so that they can securely do business on the move.  

Project Scope

NOVA-7 deliverable include Infrastructure System Design; Digital Media Centers; Equipment Procurement; System Integration; Enhancements; Training and Customer Support Centers.

Project Status

As of March 2018, GDN has completed System Design and currently evaluating multi-vendor core equipment. Licensee is working on securing project finances and based on GDN recommendations, MUGHALS are in process of acquiring majority shares in the company which has Valid License, issued by the National Regulatory Authority, under which multiple Mobile Broadband Services will be offered. 

Our Track Record

Allied Research and Indigenous Technologies Private Limited - ARITEL (Pakistan) and Communications Network International Corporation - CNI (USA), two of GDN sister companies, which are also part of MUGHALS,  have successfully commissioned some SATCOM catalyst projects in the region including commissioning of (March 1996) Pakistan's pioneering National Internet Project (COMSATS) on turnkey basis and securing the first ever National Teleport License (March 2007) from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). Both projects were secured through competitive open bidding process. COMSATS,  is the first ever National level Project, of its kind,  in SE Asia and MENA region. Sprint Corporation USA was the technology partner of AIRTEL-CNI for the COMSATS project. COMSATS is an International; Intergovernmental Science Organization, aiming at socio-economic uplift of the developing world through useful applications of science and technology and PEMRA is the Regulatory Authority of Pakistan.

Pioneering National Level Internet Infrastructure Project 

January 1996, Reston, Virginia USA - Sprint, ARITEL and CNI Contract Signing Ceremony

(SVB Project Proposal Developed by GDN)

March 2006, Islamabad Pakistan

NOVA-7 Design Features

Network design combines the best features of Cellular, Cable; Wire-line, Wi-Fi; and WiMAX technologies.

Network facilities will have state-of-the art, fully redundant systems and will be connected to the backbone via fiber optic and satellites to multiple backbone circuits, powerful wireless microwave transmissions from towers with an expanding network of sectorized hubs. 

One of the unique features of NOVA-7 design is that this design provides foundations for organizations to scale their Intelligent WAN (IWAN) deployments beyond a single pair of WAN transports at a POP location.

NOVA-7 design enables following capabilities:

   Up to nine WAN transports at each POP with one designated as a path of last resort
   Convergence across WAN transports when all channels in a given transport fail or reach their maximum bandwidth limits
   Up to three WAN transports at a single-router remote site
   Up to five WAN transports at a dual-router remote site

Secure Site-to-Site WAN Communications

This design helps organizations connect remote sites over private (MPLS) and public (Internet) IP networks, efficiently and securely.

This design enables the following network capabilities:

   Secure, encrypted communications solutions for up to 2000 locations by using a dynamic multipoint VPN (DMVPN) IPsec tunnel overlay configuration
   A multi-homed solution that can have two or more connectivity options for resiliency and efficient use of all WAN bandwidth, using single or dual routers in remote locations
   Support for IP Multicast and replication performed on core, hub-site routers
   Compatibility with public Internet networks where NAT is implemented
   QoS for WAN traffic i.e. voice, video, critical data applications, bulk data applications & management traffic

Solutions by Industry

NOVA-7 will provide customized services to following Sectors:

Agriculture; Automotive; Aviation; Broadcasting; Education; Food & Beverage; Health; Hospitality; Logistics; Mining; Transport; Petrochemical; Pharmaceutical; Retail and Warehousing.


WiMAX - Mobile Broadband

WiMAX is a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to wired broadband like Cable and DSL. WiMAX provides fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile wireless broadband connectivity without the need for direct line-of-sight with a base station. In a typical cell radius deployment of 3 to 10 kilometers.

WiMAX Forum Certified™ systems deliver capacity of up to 40 Mbps per channel, for fixed and portable access applications. Mobile network deployments are expected to provide up to 15 Mbps of capacity within a typical cell radius deployment of up to three kilometers. WiMAX technology is incorporated in notebook computers, smart phones and PDAs, allowing for urban areas and cities to become “metro zones” for portable outdoor broadband wireless access.

WiMAX is also the new standard in mobile broadband.

  • WiMAX doesn't require line-of-site, meaning less interference and secured.
  • Can be used in WiMAX-enabled vehicles, outdoors, laptop, or in buildings.
  • Easy to set up. No configuration or drivers needed.
  • Licensed frequencies to ensure interference-free connections.
  • Signal is encrypted for privacy and security.

Due to controlled CAPEX & OPEX, scalability, high-performance, affordability, availability, mobility and ease-to-manage WiMAX networks are suitable for large, medium or small deployments in emerging markets. Sectorized WiMAX networks enable operators to reach previously unreachable areas of coverage and provide QoS with substantially higher bandwidth/capacity at affordable prices.

WiMAX Background: WiMAX is a new world standard for low-cost, high performance wireless broadband networks. Global industry players have joined the WiMAX Forum and are manufacturing equipment in conformance with the new standard.

One of the main goals of WiMAX is to make high-quality, long range data and voice communications affordable. Today a smartphone and laptop can function wireless in a small coffee shop with WiFi access. With the mobile version of WiMAX (802.16e), that same laptop would function outdoors even though it is receiving a signal from a base station a mile away.

Technology Improvements: WiMAX has several advantages over existing traditional wireless systems:

  • CAPEX / OPEX: Capital Expenses (CAPEX) / Operating Expenses (OPEX) are far less than traditional terrestrial networks. The advent of WiMAX-enabled laptops and PDAs in combination with mesh networking technologies and smart antenna systems make it possible to provide “no truck roll” service, thus reducing operational expenditures and improving the total Return on Investment (ROI).
  • Cost of CPE: Intel has developed Montevina platform, which offers multi-mode Wi-Fi/WiMAX adapters including a single Wi-Fi (802.xx), if needed. Intel also announced the release of its Rosedale chip, the Intel® PRO/Wireless 5116. Interoperability testing for 3.5 GHz products also completed. As a result cost of the Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) at the home or business will drop significantly over time.
  • Distance: Increases in both point-to-point range and point-to-multipoint range are significant and translate to more customer connections using less radio gear. A cell radius of 1/8 -1/4 miles with WiFi mesh gear increase to 3-5 miles with WiMAX gear depending on the choice of frequency, topography and other factors.
  • Interoperability: WiMAX ushers in a new era in how outdoor broadband networks are planned and operated. Since components will be interoperable between vendors, the risks associated with deploying proprietary systems decrease significantly.
  • Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS): Existing proprietary outdoor wireless radio systems require a line-of-sight (LOS) link between the access point and consumer modem. The WiMAX standard features a 256 carrier OFDM technology which significantly enhances the NLOS capabilities of the radio, due to better signal penetration. This allows the operator to support more customers per cell site.
  • Quality of Service (QoS): WiMAX systems have standardized QoS functionality and features built-in which enable carriers to offer business-class services.
  • Throughput: Per industry sources, standard is expected to deliver upwards of 40 Mbps–50 mbps net throughput per radio. If a cell site utilizes four access points, it could deliver up to 160 Mbps – 200 Mbps to customers.
  • Applications: End-user can use more applications due to distance, quality and throughput improvements. Services can be delivered via a fixed connection to the customer premise or via a portable modem device. True wireless DSL-type services and true low-cost T1/E1 quality replacement services can be delivered via WiMAX enabled networks as well as cellular backhaul and WiFi backhaul.
  • Frequency Bands: In Asian, European, Far Eastern countries and Russia 3.5 GHz frequency band is used for WiMAX. Whereas, in United States of America 2.5 GHz (licensed) and 5.8GHz (unlicensed) frequency band are used.
  • Profitability: WiMAX allows carriers to attain a new level of profitability due to the quality, increased throughput, distance, lower operating costs and lower CPE costs. GDN can assist in developing financial plans to accurately reflect these performance improvements.

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