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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

- MTN AND HARRIS – ZAMBIA

MTN Zambia has selected Harris Corporation to design, build and install new microwave infrastructure for its national GSM network. Harris TRuepoint radios will be used to construct a new network backbone, metro rings and access links connecting MTN Zambia's national GSM network. The new links will enhance capacity for the cellular links around Zambia's capital city, Lusaka, and one of its largest commercial towns, Kitwe. The 155 mbit backbone will be constructed to allow for upgradeability and doubling of capacity as demands for voice and data services grow. This link will form the first stage of a wider project to interconnect the towns and cities of Zambia.

- SITA AND BELGIUM COMPANY – SOUTH AFRICA

The State IT Agency (SITA) has concluded a memorandum of understanding with a Belgian municipal IT group to jointly provide greater IT support for South African municipalities. Over the next 12 months, SITA and the Belgium-based municipal IT group would upgrade two or three municipalities that urgently need IT support. The project, he explains, will include upgrading and centralising outdated and aging IT infrastructure, as well as modernising and standardising components such as billing systems.

- MAKO NETWORKS AND 5TH MOUNTAIN NETWORKSS – SOUTH AFRICA

Mako Networks, a provider of network management and Internet security solutions, announced a distribution agreement with South African distributor 5th Mountain Networks to extend its Mako products and services to customers throughout the region. Mako Networks established its presence in South Africa as part of a global strategy to reach new customers through localised presence and market expertise.

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