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* Five-year contract for Ericsson to manage mobile networks for
Atlantique Telecom in its Western and Central African operations
* Up to 10 million subscribers stand to benefit from improved network
* Partnership supports Atlantique Telecom's focus on leading a new
generation of operators in Africa.
Atlantique Telecom, part of The Etisalat Group, today announced that it has
entered a five year multi-country managed services agreement with Ericsson
(NASDAQ: ERIC) to manage its entire mobile networks.
During the past decade, the number of mobile connections in Africa has
average of 30% per year and the growth pace is not slowing down. Atlantique
Telecom aims to develop offerings based on value-added services to its
subscriber base, taking into account the specific requirements of each
and providing solutions tailored to their expectations. This agreement
Etisalat to focus even more on their core business - delivering innovative
offerings to their customers.
Nagi Abboud, CEO of Atlantique Telecom said: "With the evolution of the
competitive landscape in our markets, we need to adapt our operating model
provide a better service to our end users. Adopting this business
model is therefore an important step in our group strategy execution that
be for the benefit of our subscribers, who remain our top priority, and
will, as well, open new growth opportunities to our employees."
Lars Lindén, Head of Ericsson in region sub-Saharan Africa says,
services is a proven business model to support operators in growth mode and
is one of the most dynamic areas in our industry. Our work together will
Atlantique Telecom in defining a new generation of operators in Africa."
The contract covers network operations, field maintenance, network
and spare parts management for Etisalat' s multivendor mobile networks,
including access, core and transmission, as well as value added services.
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services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time
solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely,
sustainable societies around the world.
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more than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson
networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion
We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in
1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company's
sales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on
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About Atlantique Telecom:
Atlantique Telecom is part of Etisalat Group, with operations in Benin,
Africa Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Niger and Togo
Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become one
the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia
Africa. Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East
West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for Internet,
voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has been
recognised as 'Best Operator' 10 times since 2006 and 'Best Wholesale
four times in the last three years. Servicing over 130 million customers in
countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and markets.
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