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* MTN and AIRCOM – South Africa

South African giant Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN) has enlisted AIRCOM International to provide consultancy services as it installs its nationwide 3G network and continues to serve customers on its 2G network. AIRCOM will provide network quality benchmarking services for MTN South Africa over the next two years. The contract involves testing and analysis of both 2G and 3G network quality data, enabling MTN to identify quickly areas of its network requiring further optimisation.

* Monarch and Alvarion - Nigeria

Israeli vendor Alvarion has been contracted to supply a WiMAX equipment in three cities to Monarch Communications, a privately-owned company and WiMAX licence holder in several different states of Nigeria. Monarch plans to offer WiMAX services to both businesses and private customers.

* Celtel and Motorola - Nigeria

Motorola announced that it has received orders valued at $70 million from Celtel Nigeria, part of Zain Group, to further expand and enhance the operator’s GSM coverage in the Southern part of Nigeria. As part of Celtel’s comprehensive network expansion strategy, Motorola will deploy its latest Motorola Reach GSM solutions, including EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) capability for mobile data, and will provide comprehensive network expansion planning, integration, support and optimization services to Celtel as it extends network coverage to a growing subscriber base in this densely populated and strategically important oil-producing region.

* MTN and Redline Communications - Cameroon

Canadian wireless broadband vendor Redline Communications, has been chosen by cellco MTN Cameroon to supply equipment for a twelve city WiMAX network. The first phase of MTN Cameroon's WiMAX roll-out will include Douala and Yaounde, with ten additional cities connected by the end of 2008.

* MTL and Huawei - Malawi

Incumbent fixed line provider Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has contracted Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies to construct a fibre optic network across the country for an an initial investment of USD22.9 million.

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