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Cielux and Alvarion - Congo DRC

Alvarion has announced it has been chosen by Cielux Telecom for a full turnkey WiMAX project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Using Alvarion’s 802.16e BreezeMAX platform for the 3.5GHz frequency band, Cielux will offer voice and broadband data services to residential and business users in the cities of Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. Initial rollout of the WiMAX network is planned for June 2009, with 10,000 subscribers expected on the network by the end of the year. Cielux Telecom is reported to be planning similar WiMAX networks in other African markets including the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville, in 2009), Cameroon (2009), Gabon and the Central African Republic (both 2010).

Atlantique Telecom and Aircom - West Africa

Network planning and optimisation consultancy Aircom International has announced that it has signed a deal to provide its suite of network planning tools to Atlantique Telecom, the West African subsidiary of UAE-based telecoms group Etisalat International which operates wireless networks in six countries across West Africa. Atlantique Telecom operates GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks under the ‘Moov’ brand in the Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, the Central African Republic, Gabon and Niger.

Orange and Alvarion - Botswana

Orange Botswana, the country’s second largest cellco by subscribers, has contracted service provider Alvarion for a turnkey WiMAX deployment, using Alvarion’s WiMAX 4Motion end-to-end solution. Alvarion will also provide Orange Botswana with project management and implementation services including network planning, network dimensioning, installation, technical support and professional services. Alvarion’s commercial network, which operates in the 2.5GHz frequency band, has already enabled Orange to provide advanced data services to businesses and homes in the country’s two largest cities, Gaborone and Francistown.

Unitel and Ericsson - Angola

Ericsson has signed a contract with Angolan mobile operator Unitel to expand its GSM/W-CDMA network over the coming three years. The contract includes a comprehensive network performance partnership agreement, to strengthen Unitel's network quality. Under the agreement, Ericsson consultants will perform network improvement and optimisation services for the core, radio and transmission networks. For the continued expansion of Unitel's network, Ericsson will deliver services including network design, network deployment, systems integration and network support. Unitel reported a total of more than 4.5 million subscribers at the end of December 2008. It launched its GSM services in April 2001 and now covers all 18 provinces of the country and more than 100 municipalities. In 2008 the company introduced 3G/3.5G services based on W-CDMA/ HSPA technology.

Uganda Telecom and Redknee - Uganda

Redknee has been selected by Uganda Telecom to provide its Mobile Money 2.0 solution, enabling Uganda Telecom subscribers to pay for goods and securely store and transfer funds with their mobile phones. Implementation will begin as soon as all requirements for launching the service have been approved.

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