* Uganda Telecom and Huawei - Uganda

Uganda telecom has signed an agreement with Huawei technologies to expand its existing Next Generation Network (NGN) - an investment of over US$10 million by Uganda's second national operator. The agreement stipulates that Huawei will replace 33 Remote Line Units (RLUs) spread all over Uganda with brand new state of the art soft switches that will provision services through the NGN. Currently, Uganda Telecom uses RLUs that are analogue switching units to connect telephone calls.

* Tunisiana and Nokia Siemens - Tunisia

Tunisian cellco Orascom Telecom Tunisie, which operates under the brand name Tunisiana, has announced the modernisation of its GPRS core network through the integration of Nokia Siemens Networks’ (NSN’s) Flexi Intelligent Service Node (ISN). The Flexi ISN, which performs GPRS Gateway Service Node (GGSN) and data charging functionalities, is fully integrated with the existing NSN charge@once pre-paid solution to enable flexible charging of data services.

* MTN and Bharti Telesoft - Africa

Bharti Telesoft and MTN Group have signed a value-added services (VAS) deal. This will see the integrated VAS solutions provider supply all 21 MTN operations with multimedia messaging centre (MMSC), short message service centre (SMSC) and wireless application protocol (WAP) gateway solutions.

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