Siemens has won a EUR7 million (USD9.3 million) contract from Algérie Télécom for the supply of wireless broadband equipment, including 12,000 wireless LAN access points, plus Wi-Fi-enabled end-user devices and WiMAX base stations. The telco plans to set up a city-wide WLAN system covering the capital Algiers which will offer wireless internet services to business users. Siemens will also use WiMAX networks to connect WLAN systems or individual company premises to the backbone network. ‘With WLANs, we will enable attractively priced voice-data convergence for our customers, with data rates that are otherwise possible only in the fixed network. In addition to mobility, the Siemens devices also provide the same comfort and convenience as GSM and UMTS devices,’ said Mamoud Ramrani, head of Algérie Télécom wireless local loop division.