Atlantique Telecom selects Ericsson to manage African mobile networks

Telecoms

Etisalat-owned Atlantique Telecom, which has operations in Benin, the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Niger and Togo, has signed a five-year multi-country managed services agreement with Ericsson.

Under the deal, the Swedish vendor will manage Atlantique Telecom’s mobile networks in western and central Africa, enabling around ten million subscribers to benefit from improved network quality. ‘With the evolution of the competitive landscape in our markets, we need to adapt our operating model to provide a better service to our end users,’ commented Atlantique Telecom’s CEO Nagi Abboud, adding: ‘Adopting this business outsourcing model is therefore an important step in our group strategy execution that will be for the benefit of our subscribers, who remain our top priority, and this will, as well, open new growth opportunities to our employees.’

The contract covers network operations, field maintenance, network optimisation and spare parts management for Etisalat’ s multivendor mobile networks, including access, core and transmission, as well as value added services.

Moribund Sierra Leone Operator Promises Launch Shortly

Libya's Lap Green Networks says that it is committed to launching its network in Sierra Leone, despite a controversy over how it acquired its majority stake in the local mobile subsidiary.

The company bought an 85% stake in Ambitel in 2007 from its founder, Michael Kenneth Ondaan. However he claims that there is a payment of US$2 million still outstanding and that conditions of the sale have not been met.

The mobile network had planned to launch services in 2011, but these were stalled by the uncertainty at the parent company following the downfall of the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.

The regulator has been pressing the company to launch mobile services, and the company said that a launch would be "soon", without elaborating.