TOGO CELLULAIRE TO INVEST 13M EUROS IN GPRS/EDGE NETWORK

Telecoms

Last week Togo Cellulaire announced that it would spend 13 million euros to expand and upgrade its GSM network across the country. The contract went to Alcatel Shanghai Bell.

Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel will provide Togo Cellulaire with its GSM/GPRS/EDGE solution, including Base Transceiver Station (BTS), Base Station Controller (BSC), Mobile Services Switching Center (MSC) as well as Microwave Transmission equipments.

The solution will enable Togo Cellulaire to meet the growing demand by increasing the network capacity from 400,000 to 500,000 subscribers and extending the network coverage to remote areas of the country. In addition, Togo Cellulaire will be able to offer users additional services such as Internet access and Personal Ring Back Tone by upgrading the network with GPRS. The project is expected to be completed by mid 2006. Togo Cellulaire, established in 1998, is the state owned mobile operator in Togo, Africa. It covers 90% mobile network of the country with 300 000 subscribers capacity.