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SAFARICOM AND ZTE - KENYA

Mobile phone services provider, Safaricom has signed an agreement with China's ZTE Corporation for supply of low cost handsets. The new handsets with black and white screen will retail from Sh2,000 for a monochrome display to Sh2,500 for a phone with a full colour screen.

HITS TELECOM AND ALCATEL - UGANDA

Hits Telecom has signed a $100 million contract with Alcatel-Lucent to build turnkey GSM network and managed services that it plans to roll out in less than two months.

In a joint statement, the two companies said deployment of the network would enable Hits Telecom to start operations in Uganda in time for the November Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit that will take place in Kampala.

MOBINIL AND HUAWEI - EGYPT

Egypt's Mobinil has awarded a contract to China's Huawei for mobile softswitches for its core network. Mobinil has been joining efforts with Huawei since 2005, where they started to work on Soft switch trials in Egypt and finished the first call on this trial mobile network during this period. Mobinil signed the commercial contract with Huawei in 2006 to expand the network capacity to include more than additional five million customers.

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