Telecoms News - In Brief


- Sentel has changed to Millicom’s international brand TIGO. Incumbent Sonatel is having greater trouble shifting to France Telecom’a international brand, Orange. Its trade union is opposing the process and making accusations that France Telecom will charge the company for use of the brand.

- Malian telco Ikatel, a subsidiary of France Telecom, has contracted Californian vendor Alvarion to supply and deploy its BreezeMAX 3500 system, in the capital city of Bamako. The installation of the WiMAX network is expected to be complete by the end of the year and will allow it to offer broadband wireless internet access, a first for the country. Ikatel has been operational in Mali since February 2003 and had 550,000 subscribers at the end of September 2005.

- Teligent announced an order for a prepaid solution from the leading fixed and mobile Algerian operator, Algérie Télécom. The solution is based on the Teligent P90/E platform and will replace an existing solution from one of Teligent's competitors.

- ZTE Corp. has signed a contract with Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s largest fixed network operator, to construct a 100,000-line code division multiple address (CDMA) wireless local loop (WLL) network in Egypt. The project will expand Telecom Egypt’s existing CDMA WLL network, built by ZTE last year to cover the Nile River Delta. ZTE will supply a complete set of 800M CDMA WLL equipment for the new network, including CDMA core network equipment, CDMA access network equipment and radio terminals. The new network will also cover 16 districts in Cairo, improving communication quality and data services in Egypt’s densely populated capital.

- MTS, Mer Telemanagement Solutions has signed an agreement with an unnamed provider of converged networking solutions to provide turn-key solutions for 3G Mobile, fixed and interconnect billing to carriers in three African countries. The networking solutions manufacturer expects to add carriers in additional countries during 2006