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* MAROC CONNECT AND ZTE – MOROCCO

ZTE Corporation has been selected by Maroc~Connect, part of Moroccan business group ONA, to deploy an All-IP CDMA2000 solution for a nationwide telecoms network. The contract would be executed in several phases and network scalability would be ensured, providing the means to upgrade smoothly towards full mobility and push-to-talk functionality provided by ZTE´s CDMA2000-based GoTa (Global Open Trunking Architecture).

* I-CELL AND SONY ERICSSON – NIGERIA

i-Cell, a distributor of mobile phones in Nigeria, has been appointed as the authorized distributors by Sony Ericsson for their range of mobile handsets. The signing up with Sony Ericsson is par of I-Cell’s commitment to offer a wider choice of brands while also providing genuine Sony Ericsson products with warrantee.

* ITU AND THURAYA – PAN AFRICA

The International Telecommunication Union and Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company have concluded an agreement to provide portable satellite terminals to assist countries in disaster mitigation and relief. Thuraya, will give handheld satellite terminals along with solar chargers,while ITU will pay for airtime at discounted rates offered by Thuraya and cover the transportation costs of telecommunications equipment to and from disaster-hit areas.

* ABSA AND BARCLAYS – SOUTH AFRICA

Absa and GijimaAst have signed a contract worth R960m over five years for distributed computing support. GijimaAst, a 37% directly black-owned local ICT company will offer a fully managed desktop service for Absa, effective December 2006. The local ICT company was able to secure the contract for the local operations of a global multinational company like the Barclays Group.

* TOFF,AND STARCOMMS – NIGERIA

Toff Management Nigeria, Limited in collaboration with Starcomms, one of Nigeria's leading communication providers have decided to take the voice conferencing market by storm. Starcomms voice conferencing, known as Starcomms "let's Talk" provides every network subscriber with a flexible, reliable, cost-effective conference calling service that fits with the way people do business.

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