* Zain and Tekelec - Nigeria

Zain Nigeria, Zain Group’s largest mobile network operator, has selected network signaling company Tekelec to help its migration to an all-IP network. This move will enable Zain Nigeria to offer its subscribers the multimedia applications typically associated with the more advanced IP network on its current network, effectively delivering tomorrow’s applications on today’s networks.

* Africell and Harris Stratex Networks - Sierra Leone/Gambia

Africell Holding has selected equipment vendor Harris Stratex Networks to expand its GSM networks in Sierra Leone and Gambia. The deployment of 90 links of Eclipse high-capacity radios, which are optimised for networks with flexible, high-bandwidth capabilities and native gigabit Ethernet interfaces, began in December as part of a contract valued at USD1.9 million.

* MTN and Motorola - Ghana

Motorola has announced a three-year, multi-million dollar managed network optimisation service contract with MTN Ghana, a leading cellular operator in the West African nation. According to Motorola spokesperson, Yasmeen Engelbrecht, under the terms of the agreement, Motorola would provide GSM radio access network optimization services to improve performance of MTN Ghana’s multi-vendor network.

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