Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. will provide Angola Telecom with a satellite transmission link to expand the existing fixed and cellular backhaul infrastructure. The company said that equipment would also be provided to increase the efficiently of satellite transmissions to reduce costs. Sales director for Africa, Nir Korman, said: "In the Angola Telecom network, our satellite hub station will provide a redundant solution and will facilitate the expansion of an existing cellular backhaul, thus, enhancing the network's capacity."


Mobitel Sudan, part of the Kuwaiti MTC group, has signed a EUR78 million contract with Ericsson for the expansion of its network. Under the terms of the deal, Ericsson will supply equipment to increase capacity by 1.5 million new lines by the end of the year. Further, the company intends to boost capacity by an additional million users in the first quarter of 2007.

In February 2006 MTC acquired the outstanding 61% of Mobitel for USD1.33 billion, to take its interest to 100%. Since then the company has revealed ambitious investment plans for its Sudanese operation, planning to spend USD500 million over the next three to five years with the aim of supporting a target customer base seven million by 2008. As it stands Mobitel has two million customers and a market share of 85%.

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