GHANA’S SCANCOM GIVES ERICSSON CONTRACT FOR WAP AND MMS

Telecoms

Ghanaian mobile operator Scancom has awarded a USD32 million contract to Ericsson to supply cellular equipment and services. The deal will see Scancom implementing GSM networking technologies, including Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Multimedia Messaging Service functionality (MMS) over the African continent’s first EDGE-capable network. The EDGE services will be available for clients that need added services in future.

The new equipment order from Ericsson will provide the Ghanaian operator with additional capacity, new services to offer clients as well as an extra layer of reliability - and the potential to expand their network far beyond any other operational network in Africa.

The contract was signed in February this year and the company hope to begin rolling out the equipment in May. The deal not only focuses on the equipment sold to Scancom, including mobile system controllers (MSC) and base station controllers (BSC), but also includes the services required to ensure all equipment is integrated into the existing network and functions at peak performance levels.

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