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- Harris Corporation a leading global supplier of wireless equipment and services, has announced a new contract valued at USD4.4 million to supply TRuepoint™ microwave digital radios to Vmobile Nigeria, one of the country’s leading wireless network operators. The contract represents an expansion of an existing long-term relationship between the two companies. Harris currently provides a "super-highway" microwave radio backbone for Vmobile, covering more than 1500 kilometers from southwest of Ibadan to southeast of Calabar. Scheduled for deployment within the next three months, the TRuepoint™ links allow Vmobile to significantly increase its market penetration by expanding into new territories, and will offer capacity for 500,000 new subscribers. Currently, Vmobile is approaching three million active subscribers, covering over 60 cities and 2,500 communities across the six geo-political regions of Nigeria.

- Telecel Zambia Limited has extended its services to Nchelenge district in Luapula Province at a cost of US$500,000. The company has embarked on a vigorous roll-out, with the recent connections being Petauke and Mpulungu. Telecel marketing manager Margaret Schiott said the company was targeting a minimum of 2,000 subscribers in Nchelenge, the traditional fishing town. Schiott said they targeted Nchelenge because of its economic activity and that the mobile phone services would stir the business opportunities the town has. She said the initial response has been overwhelming and expected the target of 2,000 to be surpassed.

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