Alcatel has signed a €41.5 M GSM expansion contract with Unitel, the leading mobile operator in Angola and the sole GSM operator in the country. Following three consecutive years of close collaboration, this win strengthens Alcatel's position with Unitel and confirms its broad strategy to target and serve the next billion voice and Internet subscribers, especially in emerging markets.

Under the expansion contract, the company will deploy its field-proven Evolium® multi-standard radio access solution over a large number of sites throughout the operator’s network and will implement the most advanced radio features offering enhanced services. It is expected that the project should be completed by the end of 2006.

"We believe that by expanding our GSM network, we are anticipating our customers' needs and contributing to the development of the country," said Nicolau Netto, CEO of Unitel. "We have chosen Alcatel because of our successful long-term partnership, the quick implementation schedule and the flexibility of the customized solution. Alcatel's evolutionary multi-standard GSM solution will enable us to cost-efficiently face massive growth in traffic and demand in Angola and to make mobile telephony reach parts of the country it has not reached before."