Cell C and ZTE – South Africa

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has announced that it has entered into a network supply and a managed services contract with Cell C, South Africa’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers. Under the USD378 million contract ZTE will provide Cell C with GSM-based equipment while supporting the cellco’s ongoing network expansion. Cell C is planning to invest heavily in its networks over the next twelve months, spending a total of ZAR5 billion (USD659.98 million) on network upgrades, including the deployment of a 3.5G HSPA+ network.

Togo Cellulaire and Alcatel-Lucent - Togo

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has been awarded a Euro 22 million contract by Togo Cellulaire, the leading mobile operator in Togo to extend their network capacity in GSM and to build the first 3G wireless broadband network in the country. The new network, which will be deployed by the end of 2010, will enable Togo Cellulaire to offer advanced mobile broadband services to over 2.2 million subscribers and businesses throughout the country.

University of Lagos and Cisco – Nigeria

Cisco Nigeria has partnered with AMB Multiserve to deploy a Cisco Unified Wireless Network (CUWN) for staff and students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG). According to the Marketing Manager, Cisco Nigeria, Mrs. Owen Inyang the partnership will bring about the connection of over 40,000 staff and students at the University of Lagos across its three campuses.

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