In a deal worth €40 M the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corp. (ETC) has selected Nokia to supply and deploy GSM network equipment, including its Connect GSM solution for optimized network coverage. It calls for Nokia, and its main subcontractor LeadCom Integrated Solutions, to supply both GSM core and radio equipment to upgrade part of ETC’s existing network. Also included are GPRS for advanced data services and the company’s Operations Support Systems (OSS). ETC is a new customer for Nokia’s GSM solution and the first in East Africa. Delivery has begun, with the system targeted for operation in December 2004, initially in the Addis Ababa region.

The company will provide a full range of GSM and GPRS network infrastructure, including ConnectSite 10 and ConnectSite 100 base stations. With LeadCom’s help, it will also provide implementation of the network, including civil works, network planning, implementation and project management for fast quality ramp-up of the solution.

“We are very happy to welcome ETC as a new GSM customer for Nokia,” said Dr Walid Moneimne, senior vice president, networks, Nokia. “We are gratified that Ethiopia Telecom has chosen Nokia as one of its main GSM suppliers and a trusted partner for the future of its network. East Africa is an important market for us, and this deal is a key milestone in our network business in Africa, demonstrating our clear and strong commitment to this crucial marketplace.”