* Rwandatel and Huawei - Rwanda

Rwandatel has signing a USD 35 million partnership agreement with Huawei technologies.This contract will realize the nationwide rollout of new infrastructure that will support Rwandatel’s GSM and 3G UMTS network services. Also included in the deal is the revamping of the landline network and replacing the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) with an NGN (New Generation Network). GSM will cover most of the populated areas and roads, with the 3G UMTS covering most of the urban centres.

* Unitel and Alcatel-Lucent – Angola

Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has been selected by Angolan operator Unitel to expand and upgrade its mobile network with GSM/EDGE radio equipment. The contract, valued at approximately EUR20 million (USD29 million), covers the expansion of GSM capacity and deployment of EDGE technology in all regions covered by Unitel’s network.

* Areeba/MTN and Sicap - Guinea

Areeba Guinea s.a MTN Group and Sicap have released details of their recent deal to provision Areeba customers with GPRS service settings directly from the Sicap Device Management Center. The rapidity of the launch was the obvious first consideration for the operator, eager to reach its target of active GPRS usage among twenty five percent of its customers.

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