MAURITANIA TO IMPROVE GSM COVERAGE WITH US$1.8 MILLION CONTRACT
interWAVE Communications has won a US$1.8 million GSM contract with Mauritel Mobiles in the northern African country of Mauritania. interWAVE is to supply a turnkey GSM solution to connect four remote GSM network extensions to the capital city, Nouakchott, via satellite. The four outlying municipalities include the city of Zouerate, a major economic center anchored by the mining industry. interWAVE is expected to replace a major wireless supplier in this region.
interWAVE’s turnkey solution for Mauritel Mobiles includes four remote GSM network extensions including radio, switching, satellite compression and microwave equipment. Each remote system is designed to interface with an Alcatel centralized Intelligent Network (IN) prepaid system based in Nouakchott. interWAVE’s GSM solution, integrated with advanced satellite compression capabilities, is anticipated to provide more than 50 percent satellite bandwidth savings compared to competing GSM solutions.