OTA selects Redline for GSM backhaul expansion

5 Jul 2007

Redline Communications has won a contract from Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA) to provide wireless backhaul for the expansion of its Djezzy GSM network in the country, writes AFX News. No financial terms were disclosed, but it is understood that the vendor will supply its RedCONNEX AN-30e and AN-50e products under the deal.

OTA is a unit of Orascom Telecom Holdings, one of the largest GSM carriers operating in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Having won the country’s second cellular licence in August 2001, OTA launched GSM mobile services under the Djezzy brand in the capital Algiers in February the following year, says TeleGeography’s Globalcomms database. The cellco’s concession included an obligation to extend coverage to all regions, or Wilayas, populated by more than 2,000 people. It also guaranteed shared exclusivity of the wireless sector alongside Algérie Télécom’s Mobilis subsidiary until 31 December 2003. At the end of March 2007 Djezzy GSM controlled 52.42% of the domestic mobile market, ahead of Mobilis (33.97%) and third placed Wataniya Telecom Algeria (Nedjma), with 13.61%.