* Sonatel and Ascade - Senegal

Senegal's national telecommunications operator, Sonatel SA has selected Ascade's Carrier Cockpit (TM) suite to optimize and automate all aspects of its global interconnect business.

* KDN and Nokia Siemens Networks - Kenya

Kenya Data Networks, a local provider of telecommunications infrastructure, has partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks to roll out a land-based fibre optic link for at a cost of Sh7 billion. The programme has been split into two projects; metropolitan and backbone. The metropolitan project will target Eldoret, Kisumu, Nakuru, Naivasha, Thika and Voi towns at a cost of Sh330 million. The backbone project, stretching from Mombasa to Malaba in a circuit to Busia, Nakuru and the Mt Kenya region and on to Garissa and Malindi, will cost Sh6.6 billion.

* SA Revenue Service and Dimension Data – South Africa

Dimension Data has triumphed over Telkom in a bid to supply telecommunications services to the tax department. The company has won a large chunk of a technology tender from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) valued at R1,5bn over three years.

* Hotspot Business Solutions and Redline Communications - Tanzania

Redline Communications has won a contract to supply Tanzania-based telecoms provider Hotspot Business Solutions with the country’s first national WiMAX network. Redline will supply the operator with its RedMAX products, enabling Hotspot to deliver high-quality voice, video and data internet services across the country, via its six-city WiMAX network.

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