ETHIOPIA'S ETC SELECTS NOKIA FOR MOBILE NETWORK UPGRADE

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Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation's mobile operation has selected Nokia to supply and deploy GSM network equipment, including the Nokia Connect GSM solution for optimized network coverage, in a deal valued at US$48 million.  It calls for Nokia, and its main subcontractor LeadCom Integrated Solutions, to supply both GSM core and radio equipment to upgrade part of ETC's existing network.  Also included are GPRS and Nokia's Operations Support Systems (OSS). Deliveries start immediately with the system targeted for operation in December, initially in the Addis Ababa region. ETC's mobile network has recently been suffering severe congestion.

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