* Uganda Telecom and Huawei - Uganda
Uganda telecom has signed an agreement with Huawei technologies to expand its existing Next Generation Network (NGN) - an investment of over US$10 million by Uganda's second national operator. The agreement stipulates that Huawei will replace 33 Remote Line Units (RLUs) spread all over Uganda with brand new state of the art soft switches that will provision services through the NGN. Currently, Uganda Telecom uses RLUs that are analogue switching units to connect telephone calls.
* Tunisiana and Nokia Siemens - Tunisia
Tunisian cellco Orascom Telecom Tunisie, which operates under the brand name Tunisiana, has announced the modernisation of its GPRS core network through the integration of Nokia Siemens Networks’ (NSN’s) Flexi Intelligent Service Node (ISN). The Flexi ISN, which performs GPRS Gateway Service Node (GGSN) and data charging functionalities, is fully integrated with the existing NSN charge@once pre-paid solution to enable flexible charging of data services.
* MTN and Bharti Telesoft - Africa
Bharti Telesoft and MTN Group have signed a value-added services (VAS) deal. This will see the integrated VAS solutions provider supply all 21 MTN operations with multimedia messaging centre (MMSC), short message service centre (SMSC) and wireless application protocol (WAP) gateway solutions.
If our correspondent is "off the mark" or you have factual amendments, mail them to us and we will include them in subsequent News Updates. If you'd like to contribute, write and let us know.
If you need information about a particular place or issue, just send your questions in. We are always happy to follow up on readers concerns.
News Update is a free e-letter produced by Balancing Act that covers African internet content and infrastructure developments, It goes out to government, the private sector, education and NGOs. To subscribe, send a message saying "I want to subscribe" to email@example.com