* BTC and Ceragon Networks - Botswana

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has selected wireless backhaul solutions provider Ceragon Networks to upgrade its nationwide wireless backbone and the backhaul network of mobile unit beMobile. Ceragon’s FibeAir solutions will enable the operator to meet its service expansion plans and support rapid subscriber growth. The deployments will help BTC work towards completing the Botswana Telecommunications Authority’s (BTA’s) Rural Services Improvement and Expansion project, network deployments for which are expected to be finished by year-end.

* TNM and Aircom - Malawi

Network planning and optimization firm AIRCOM International, has been selected by TNM (Telekom Networks Malawi) to provide network performance, optimisation and management services for its multi-vendor network. The vendor will deploy three solutions – ASSET to plan and design its 2G radio network, CONNECT for microwave backhaul planning, and OPTIMA for performance management – within two months.

* Bechtel and Alcatel-Lucent - Angola

Alcatel-Lucent has secured a USD12 million contract with engineering firm Bechtel for the deployment of integrated telecoms infrastructure to support a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Angola. Under the contract, the French-US supplier will design and implement a fibre-optic cable network, satellite communications, data and voice LAN supporting VoIP telephony, UHF radio and VHF marine radio systems for the onshore and offshore operations of Angola LNG Limited’s new plant, scheduled for launch in early 2012.

* Leo and Nokia Siemens Networks - Namibia

Namibian mobile operator Leo, part of Orascom Telecom's subsidiary group Telecel Globe and previously known as Cell One, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade its 2G and 3G networks.

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