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NSN modernises Africell core network in Sierra Leone and Gambia

After expanding its radio and core mobile network by using Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) equipment, Africell is to deploy NSN's state-of-the art 3GPP mobile softswitching solution. This allows Africell to reduce operating expenses, while accelerating the deployment of new services to mobile subscribers.

"The development of our core network is crucial to Africell's future success as our call traffic continues to increase. Implementing Nokia Siemens Networks 3GPP mobile softswitching architecture will improve our overall network capacity in order to optimise the network resources providing state of-the-art services to our customers," claimed Said Ziad Dalloul, CEO for Africell's owner, Lintel Group.

With market share of 67% in Gambia and 45% in Sierra Leone, Africell state that it is deploying NSN's softswitching solution in order to meet subscribers' growing demands and to contribute to the networks' efficiency.

"We are pleased to have met Africell's demand for a powerful and cost-effective solution deploy in their network," said Michael Maltusch,  Head of Customer Team for NSN. "We look forward to a continued partnership with Africell in Sierra Leone and Gambia..."  
* The Lintel Group has provided GSM services in West Africa since 2001. The group provides capital, management advice, marketing and partnering support, etc. Africell Holding, Africell Gambia, Africell Sierra Leone, Africell RDC (Congo DRC), and Linfra are among its subsidiaries.

** Africell Sierra Leone claims to have achieved first position in market share in record time and in the face of multinational operators. Plans are underway to achieve the country's widest coverage footprint by 1Q09. Africell Sierra Leone was awarded the very prestigious AWOL (All Walks Of life) Telecoms Company of the Year Award for 2008.

*** Africell Gambia has led Gambian market share since 2006. Its claim is to have achieved this position through "an aggressive and consistent marketing effort that is well adapted to the country's social settings..."
Africell Gambia won for two consecutive years (2006 and 2007) the GCCI (Gambia Chamber of Commerce) award for Best Service provider and has also been nominated for 2008.

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