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Nigeria: Celtel and Nokia

Cellco Celtel Nigeria, owned by Kuwait’s Zain Group, and European vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have signed a USD130 million deal for network expansion nationwide. The project will see NSN installing 4,000km of fibre-optic backbone and microwave transmission equipment enabling Celtel to offer next-generation IP-based services. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Celtel, formerly Econet, Vee Networks and V-Mobile, ended June 2007 with just under eight million subscribers, placing it third in the market with a 25% share.

Tunisia: Tunisiana and Comptel

Tunisiana, the Tunisian cellco owned by Orascom Telecom and Wataniya, has selected Finnish equipment vendor Comptel to supply a provisioning and activation solution. The software upgrade will be used to improve the firm’s service fulfilment processes, including planned 3G services. Established in May 2002, Tunisiana has a customer base of around 3.4 million, giving it a market share of 50%.

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