Movicel, a cellular operator and subsidiary of Angola Telecom, has contracted Nortel Networks to deploy CDMA2000 1X wireless network equipment in Angola for a complete voice and packet data network. Under a new supply agreement, Nortel Networks has begun to supply a CDMA2000 1X Wireless Data Network for Movicel across the capital city of Luanda, which includes approximately 35% of the population of Angola.

"Nortel Networks has the necessary technical expertise directly applicable to the challenges of deploying CDMA and CDMA2000 1X, and we continue to focus on providing our wireless data solutions to the growing African and Middle Eastern market," said Michel Clement, president, Nortel Networks France, Middle East and Africa. "This award extends our geographic footprint and means that we are now implementing 3G for 11 companies across EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa)."

Wireless infrastructure being deployed for Movicel includes Nortel Networks CDMA Metro Cell radio base station (BTS), CDMA Base Station Controller (BSC), Mobile Switching Center (MSC) and PDSN (Packet Data Serving Node) products.

This is Nortel Networks third infrastructure announcement in the African region in 2003. Nortel Networks previously announced agreements with Telecom Egypt to expand its national telecoms network and with Multi-Links in Nigeria to deploy a CDMA2000 1X network.

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