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* Telkom Kenya and Ericsson - Kenya

Telkom Kenya gave a strong signal of its intentions to give Kenyans another mobile telephone service when it signed a Sh8.9 billion (93 million Euros) deal with Swedish telecommunications company, Ericsson. Under the deal, which includes equipment and services under a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) agreement, Ericsson will immediately commence the roll out of all core GSM network components.

* LTT and Alcatel-Lucent - Libya

Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) has announced that it will deploy commercial WiMAX services, following the signing of a deal with Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent will provide a complete WiMAX infrastructure to LTT, the national ISP of Libya, to enable the operator to bring a range of services to business and residential customers, initially in urban areas of the country. The service is due for an initial commercial launch by September, and will include voice over IP and high-speed Internet access for fixed and mobile services, and to enhance the existing fixed broadband capabilities.

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