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* GLOBACOM, FIRST BANK PIC AND INTERSWITCH – NIGERIA

The second national operator Globacom, and Nigeria's foremost bank, First Bank PIc, in conjunction with the country's frontline switching company, Interswitch, introduced an innovative card product called GloFirst. The new product is expected to boost the country's electronic payment system. It can be used for a variety of transactions, including withdrawing cash from Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and day-to-day purchase transactions in outlets with point-of-sale terminals (POS).

* SHELL AND UNISYS – SOUTH AFRICA

Shell has renewed Unisys Africa’s maintenance and support contract for its southern African site systems in a deal worth R24 million. The three-year contract affects retail sites in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique and Botswana.

* DCC SATELLITE &NETWORKS LTD AND COMPUTER ASSOCIATES – NIGERIA

DCC satellite and Networks Ltd,a subsidiary of Computer Warehouse Communications has gone into partnership with Computer Associates CA to help companies manage their IT systems efficiently by deploying CA's IT management software.

* NEOTEL AND ARIVIA – SOUTH AFRICA

Neotel and arivia.kom announced plans to collaborate and co-operate on various ICT-related projects as strategic alliance partners. This will enable the two companies to jointly develop converged electronic communications services and products leveraging off their complementary areas of expertise and core services.

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