MILLICOM TO DEPLOY GSM NETWORK IN CONGO DRC

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Oasis, the Congolese operation of Millicom International, has awarded Huawei a turnkey contract to provide a brand new GSM network. Under the first phase of the contract, Huawei will supply and install its Huawei EnerG GSM technical platform and deploy more than 500 base stations across the country. Millicom DRC will be launching the network with a capacity of over 1 million subscribers with a new brand name in Q3 2006. The initial phase of the network will cover 85% the population in the largest 182 cities of the Congo.

The Mobile World reports that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ended last year with just under 2.8 million customers - which represents a 4.5% market penetration.

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