Alcatel-Lucent today announced that it has been awarded a Euro 22 million contract by Togo Cellulaire, the leading mobile operator in Togo to extend their network capacity in GSM and to build the first 3G wireless broadband network in the country.
The new network, which will be deployed by the end of 2010, will enable Togo Cellulaire to offer advanced mobile broadband services to over 2.2 million subscribers and businesses throughout the country.
“We look forward to Alcatel-Lucent’s converged technologies and professional services to support the delivery of advanced, high-speed 3G services that will support economic development throughout our country,” said Atcha-Dedji Affoh, chief executive officer of Togo Cellulaire.
Since 1998, Alcatel-Lucent has been supplying Togo Cellulaire with advanced mobile solutions including radio access, core network and applications such as personalized ring back tones, mobile email and billing.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide a full end-to-end turnkey solution including its converged radio access network (RAN) and transport solution while smoothly introducing its 3G/HSPA technologies. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a full set of professional services including network planning, radio design and operation and maintenance optimization.
“This new contract further strengthens our long-standing cooperation with Togo Cellulaire and highlights their confidence in our comprehensive solutions and local support capabilities.Togo Cellulaire will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s experience in delivering advanced wireless networks in Africa and globally as well as our professional services expertise,” said Amr El Leithy, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Africa and the Middle East.
Alcatel-Lucent is a leading player in the wireless infrastructure market having deployed 350 commercial wireless networks worldwide. The company is also a world leader in the design, deployment, management and integration of networks.
About Alcatel-Lucent’s solution for Togo Cellulaire
Alcatel-Lucent will provide a full end-to-end turnkey solution, including its comprehensive converged radio access network (RAN) portfolio to support both 2G and 3G-based services over the same platforms. The solutions include the introduction of its UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network (UTRAN) based on an evolving multi-standard radio access solution, the extension of the operator’s next generation home location register (NgHLR) database system, and the expansion of the base station system (BSS) targeting packet traffic control for BTS and BSC sites. All these equipments are ready to sustain the rapid increase of voice and data traffic and to smoothly evolve towards 3G/4G.
Alcatel-Lucent will also supply the operator with its microwave transport solutions for enhancing interconnection among base stations and providing mobile traffic backhauling capabilities along with an integrated flexible wireless network management system. Moreover, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a variety of professional services including technical assistance and transfer of competence for the operations, administration and maintenance of Togo Cellulaire network, and 3G deployment services including overall network planning and design, field integration, network optimization and training services.
About Togo Cellulaire
Togo Cellulaire was inaugurated in July 1998 and is a subsidiary of Togo Telecom, the sate owned operator.
With more than 1.6 million subscribers (99% prepaid), Togo Cellulaire is the leading operator in Togo and enjoys 75% market share.
Togo Cellulaire has, since its inception, invested heavily in mobile communication infrastructure and is determined to provide new and innovative services.
By focusing on technological innovation and a wide variety of mobile services, Togo Cellulaire is today the only operator in Togo to provide value added data services.