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* NAMIBIA TELECOM AND DIMENSION DATA - NAMIBIA

Telecom Namibia  signed a N$120-million contract for the acquisition of an IP/MPLS data backbone network from Dimension Data - the biggest ever in the history of the company. The deal will mean Telecom will switch from its present vertically integrated network with different components for mobile phones, fixed line phones, fixed and then wireless data networks.

The new horizontally integrated network is based on the Internet Protocol and Multiprotocol Label Switching. IP/MPLS will allow Telecom to become a single communications service provider for all the different telecommunications services using a single platform. Announcing the deal, Telecom's Managing Director said the N$120-million contract is for Dimension Data to supply, implement and support the IP/MPLS-based data backbone network.

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