Celtel Kenya has selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply GSM/EDGE equipment as part of a network upgrade and expansion. The multi-million euro deal will see the vendor deploying EDGE technology to offer advanced mobile services. EDGE-based services will eventually be available to 80% of the population. Celtel’s CEO, David Murray, says the upgrade ‘will support business and economic growth in the country’. Celtel is Kenya’s second largest mobile operator, with 2.28 million subscribers and a 27% market share at the end of March according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database.
Meanwhile, Alcatel-Lucent has also been successful with another Kenyan telco, winning an order for triple-play equipment from Kenya Data Network (KDN). The three-year frame contract is worth EUR14 million (USD18.8 million) and calls for the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s triple-play service delivery architecture (TPSDA). Deployments will start in 2007 in Kenya’s capital Nairobi followed by the cities of Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nyeri and others. Further rollouts will take place starting in 2008 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Tanzania. Established in 2003, KDN is part of the Sameer Group of companies and operates as a full-service data carrier. It claims to own Africa’s largest WiMAX wireless broadband network, which covers 190,000 square kilometres.