MILLICOM CHAD SELECTS INTELSAT TO PROVIDE CELLULAR BACKHAUL SERVICES

Telecoms

Intelsat today announced that it has signed a long-term, multi-million dollar contract with Millicom International Cellular SA (Millicom), Chad's newest mobile operator, to provide cellular backhaul services to multiple locations within the country. Services have already been launched in the capital city of N'Djaména and will be available to six other major cities in Chad over the next few months. In addition to providing Millicom with domestic cellular backhaul, Intelsat is carrying its international link. Intelsat now provides satellite-based cellular backhaul services to more than 60 mobile operators worldwide.

Millicom was awarded a 10-year licence to operate a GSM 900 wireless telephony network in Chad within the past year and is utilising Intelsat's 702 satellite, which hosts a growing community of mobile operators, to provide its domestic service. The international link is provided with Intelsat's GlobalConnexSM Internet Trunking Service, using the company's European facilities, which enables carriers to interconnect through IP protocols at major telecommunication houses worldwide.

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