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- ALGERIA TELECOM AND ALCATEL – ALGERIA

Alcatel was selected by Algeria Telecom to open the door for expansion of high-speed DSL broadband in the North African nation. Paris-based Alcatel has said its technical solutions would be used to deploy another 130,000 lines during the third quarter and help Algeria Telecom lay the groundwork for another 170,000 lines.

The expansion will accommodate Internet Protocol Television as well as high-speed Internet access.

- NITEL AND MOTOROLA – NIGERIA

National career, Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) has signed a contract of a $33 million (about N4.3 billion) agreement with giant Motorola for the deployment of a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) network across Lagos. NITEL expects its new technology platform, which is set to be implemented within four months, to add capacity for 300,000 new customers to its wireless network, and secure its leadership position in Africa by growing its subscriber base to one million.

- ECONET WIRELESS AND E-TRANSACT GLOBAL – ZIMBABWE

Econet Wireless has entered into a strategic alliance with e-Transact Global, a multi-application and channel electronic payment platform company in a move that is expected to improve the whole payment system that allows individuals and corporate account holders to pay for goods and services using mobile phones or the Internet.

- MTN AND ERICSSON – UGANDA

MTN Uganda has chosen Ericsson to supply and roll out its IP core network in cooperation with Cisco Systems. For MTN Uganda, this is an initial step towards migrating today's network to a multi-service network capable of carrying large and growing volumes of voice and data traffic. In the initial phase, Ericsson will provide a multi-service core network solution based on the Cisco 12000 Series routers, and Ericsson's end-to-end solution experience and related support services backed by Cisco Technical Support Services.

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