Atlantique Telecom selects Ericsson to manage African networks


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* Five-year contract for Ericsson to manage mobile networks forAtlantique Telecom in its Western and Central African operations

* Up to 10 million subscribers stand to benefit from improved networkquality.

* Partnership supports Atlantique Telecom's focus on leading a newgeneration of operators in Africa.

Atlantique Telecom, part of The Etisalat Group, today announced that it hasentered a five year multi-country managed services agreement with Ericsson(NASDAQ: ERIC) to manage its entire mobile networks.

During the past decade, the number of mobile connections in Africa hasgrown anaverage of 30% per year and the growth pace is not slowing down. AtlantiqueTelecom aims to develop offerings based on value-added services to itsgrowingsubscriber base, taking into account the specific requirements of eachconsumerand providing solutions tailored to their expectations. This agreementenablesEtisalat to focus even more on their core business - delivering innovativeofferings to their customers.

Nagi Abboud, CEO of Atlantique Telecom said: "With the evolution of thecompetitive landscape in our markets, we need to adapt our operating modeltoprovide a better service to our end users. Adopting this businessoutsourcingmodel is therefore an important step in our group strategy execution thatwillbe for the benefit of our subscribers, who remain our top priority, andthiswill, as well, open new growth opportunities to our employees."

Lars Lindén, Head of Ericsson in region sub-Saharan Africa says,"Managedservices is a proven business model to support operators in growth mode anditis one of the most dynamic areas in our industry. Our work together willsupportAtlantique Telecom in defining a new generation of operators in Africa."

The contract covers network operations, field maintenance, networkoptimizationand spare parts management for Etisalat' s multivendor mobile networks,including access, core and transmission, as well as value added services.


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About Atlantique Telecom:

Atlantique Telecom is part of Etisalat Group, with operations in Benin,CentralAfrica Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Niger and Togo

Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become oneofthe world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across AsiaandAfrica. Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of EastandWest, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for Internet,voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has beenrecognised as 'Best Operator' 10 times since 2006 and 'Best WholesaleProvider'four times in the last three years. Servicing over 130 million customers in15countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and markets.

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