CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?
* UNICEL AND ALCATEL - ANGOLA
Alcatel has signed a US$53 million GSM expansion contract with Angola's Unitel. The project will enable Unitel to increase the capacity and coverage of its GSM network across the country, thus giving people in previously underserved areas access to mobile communications. Under the expansion contract, Alcatel will deploy its Evolium multi-standard radio access solution over a large number of sites throughout Unitel's network. The project should be completed by the end of 2006.
* VALUCARD AND VISA - NIGERIA
Visa International has entered into a partnership with ValuCard in order to further develop the Nigerian e-payment system and offer Visa products and services ValuCard's member banks.
* TELECOM EGYPT AND ALCATEL - EGYPT
Alcatel has signed a contract with Telecom Egypt to transform part of its network and offer voice over IP (VoIP) services. Alcatel’s IP-based network transformation solution will enable Telecom Egypt grow its subscriber base as deregulation opens the Egyptian market to new entrants. With this agreement, Alcatel will support Telecom Egypt in transforming part of its existing TDM network into an intelligent, service-oriented network based on innovative, next-generation technology.
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