Ericsson reports that it has successfully rolled out a new GSM network in Guinea for the Cellcom Group. The GSM network, which covers the capital Conakry and the country’s main rural areas, is based on the Ericsson Mobile Soft Switch (MSS). The vendor also supplied the network’s entire GSM telecoms infrastructure, including microwave and SDH transmission equipment. ‘We were confident that Ericsson was the right choice for us because of the company’s proven track record of delivering as well as its established footprint across the continent,’ said Hanoch Dombek, CEO of the cellco. ‘This culminated in our successful commercial launch in May this year. We see a steady growth in our network and have now reached more than six hundred thousand subscribers,’ he added. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, in March 2008 private equity group Emerging Capital Partners announced a USD20 million investment in Cellcom Telecommunications Limited, the parent company of Cellcom Guinea with operations in Angola, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It is not known the size of the stake acquired by ECP, nor whom the other shareholders are.