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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

* TELKOM KENYA - HARRIS CORPORATION

Leading African telecommunications operator, Telkom Kenya implements Harris digital microwave radios for central region expansion project. The contract involves to expand its infrastructure through the entire central Kenyan area. Harris TRuepointTM and Megastar® 155 PX radios will be used in a digital upgrade designed to improve voice and data services for existing customers and extend services throughout central Kenya.

* TOGOCEL – SWAPCOM

Togocel, number one operator in Togo with 80% market share and whose network covers 80% of the population and 70% of the land area, has acquired software from the Swapcom content distribution range. Swapcom software ensures that customers enjoy easy and trouble-free usage of the new services on offer, on any mobile device commercialised in Africa. The Swapcom tool enables Togocel to cultivate local SMS culture and definine new useful services for the population. Now that media campaigns have familiarized customers with handset capabilities and how messaging works, Swapcom-enabled services such as location-based SMS giving late-night pharmacy opening hours in that area are proving useful and time-saving. Flight schedules and TV guides also feature in the Togocel offer run on Swapcom software. In neighbouring Burkina Faso, State operator and Togocel roaming partner Telmob also runs SMS+ download services on Swapcom software.

* SPESCOM - GILAT SATELLITE NETWORKS

South African ICT group Spescom and multinational company Gilat Satellite Networks have concluded a strategic alliance to deliver very small aperture terminal (VSAT) solutions in SA and the other parts of the African continent. The deal positions both groups to take advantage of the significant growth potential of the VSAT two-way satellite-based communications market in the African region, into which they plan to deliver the latest technology.

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