Etisalat MISR selects ZTE for wireless network expansion

29 Feb 2012

China’s ZTE Corporation has reportedly been selected by Egyptian cellco Etisalat Misr to expand its network as part of plans which aim to ensure the operator meets forecast capacity requirements. The vendor has noted that the contract covers the second phase Etisalat Misr’s wireless network expansion plan agreed by both corporations, and it will cover the supply, installation and implementation of SDR UMTS equipment and BSS solutions on a turnkey basis. Further, the deal is expected to expand to cover further infrastructure development, while the two companies have also reportedly agreed to ‘extend the mutual strategic cooperation in other technology areas including microwave transmission, core networks, power solutions and value added services’.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in June 2010 the cellco’s owner, UAE-based Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), revealed plans to invest around EGP8 billion (USD1.4 billion) in its Egyptian subsidiary in the three years to 2013. Commenting on the plans, Etisalat chairman Mohammad Omran said: ‘Our investment in the network has reached EGP8 billion [to] date, and we expect that we will invest EGP8 billion more in the coming three years as networks expansion is a priority for the company.’

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