* Etisalat Misr and Ericsson - Egypt

Swedish vendor Ericsson has signed a contract with Egyptian cellco Etisalat Misr to expand its GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA network, bringing Misr’s total investments with the vendor to nearly USD300 million since it won Egypt's third mobile concession in July 2006. Under the latest deal, Ericsson will supply 2G and 3G radio equipment, microwave transmission links and core software, as well as handling site acquisition, civil works, installation, testing and integration. Etisalat Misr launched services in May 2007.

* GPTC and Prysmian Cables & Systems - Libya

Libya’s General Post and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) has awarded a EUR35 million (USD51 million) contract to Prysmian Cables & Systems of Italy for the supply of a wide range of telecoms cables. The underground and aerial infrastructure will be used as part of GPTC’s national network expansion. Under an earlier contract, Prysmian delivered more than 6,000km of cables to Libya’s monopoly wireline operator.

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