CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?
KENYA WILDLIFE AND UUNET – KENYA
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has signed a Sh65 million agreement with Internet access provider, UUNET, to provide a converged business communications solution for eight national parks. The company will provide infrastructure for the new look KWS Safari Card and e-ticketing. VoIP gateways will also be implemented in all the parks to enable free inter-branch calling and affordable international voice calls. The project is co-funded by United States Aid for International Development (USAID) under its five-year Sh175million ($2.5 million) funding to the organisation.
CELTEL, KDN AND ALCATEL-LUCENT - KENYA
Celtel Kenya has selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply GSM/EDGE equipment as part of a network upgrade and expansion. The multi-million euro deal will see the vendor deploying EDGE technology to offer advanced mobile services. EDGE-based services will eventually be available to 80% of the population.
Meanwhile, Alcatel-Lucent has also been successful with another Kenyan telco, winning an order for triple-play equipment from Kenya Data Network (KDN). The three-year frame contract is worth EUR14 million (USD18.8 million) and calls for the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s triple-play service delivery architecture (TPSDA).
BOTSWANA TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND CERAGON – BOTSWANA
Ceragon Networks Ltd, a provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions, announced that Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), Botswana's national and international communications services provider, has selected Ceragon to provide a wireless solution enabling higher transmission capacity to their growing customer base. Ceragon's FibeAir 1500P will be deployed to upgrade existing PDH links enabling better quality, faster performance, improved service and multi-media offerings. The BTC deployment is valued at $1 million.