Ericsson and Angolan cellco Unitel have signed a three year contract for network performance consulting and continued expansion of the operator’s GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA network. The contract includes a comprehensive network performance partnership agreement designed to strengthen Unitel’s network quality. Under the agreement Ericsson consultants will perform network improvement and optimisation services for the core, radio and transmission networks. For the continued expansion of Unitel’s network, Ericsson will also deliver services including network design, network deployment, systems integration and network support. Amilcar Safeca, CEO of Unitel, said: ‘We have been working together with Ericsson since our launch. Ericsson has proven it has the competence, product portfolio and services capability needed to secure the highest quality communications for our customers.’
Unitel is the largest mobile operator by subscribers in Angola with more than 4.5 million customers at the end of December 2008. The company launched its GSM network in April 2001 and now claims coverage of parts of all 18 provinces and more than 100 municipalities. In 2008 the company launched a 3.5G platform based on HSPA technology.