Tunisia is to install one of the the most advanced mobile telecommunications network in Africa. Two of its key cities - Tunis and Sousse - are to receive WCDMA equipment from ZTE in a contract that will see 3G technology in commercial applications in the second half of 2005. The contract, with Tunisia's PTT CERT marks ZTE's first 3G network win outside of China.

Sousse is Tunisia's most famous tourist resort, attracting millions of European visitors every year with its sunshine and seashore. With the new 3G network, visitors from Europe will also be able to use world-class 3G services.

For the project, ZTE will not only provide its 3GPP R4-based end-to- end WCDMA network, but also its most advanced wireless R&D WCDMA+ Wi-Fi. In this project, ZTE fully considered the future development of the whole network by using the existing network to achieve wider coverage in Sousse, Monastir, and Mahdia, without adding any infrastructure cost to the operator.

In the past few years, ZTE has established a leading position in North Africa's telecom markets. In 2003, ZTE was selected to build Africa's largest CDMA WLL project in Algeria. ZTE's GSM products have won large-scale applications in Nigeria and Ethiopia. Earlier in 2004, ZTE was selected by Egypt Telecom to construct a large-scale CDMA network covering the Nile River Delta.