Ericsson : Atlantique Telecom selects Ericsson to manage African networks

  Ericsson : Atlantique Telecom selects Ericsson to manage African networks

  *Five-year contract for Ericsson to manage mobile networks for Atlantique
    Telecom in its Western and Central African operations
  *Up to 10 million subscribers stand to benefit from improved network
  *Partnership supports Atlantique Telecom's focus on leading a new
    generation of operators in Africa.

Atlantique Telecom, part of The Etisalat Group, today announced that it has
entered 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 has grown
an average of 30% per year and the growth pace is not slowing down. Atlantique
Telecom aims to develop offerings based on value-added services to its growing
subscriber base, taking into account the specific requirements of each
consumer and providing solutions tailored to their expectations. This
agreement enables Etisalat to focus even more on their core business -
delivering innovative offerings to their customers.

Nagi Abboud, CEO of Atlantique Telecom said: "With the evolution of the
competitive landscape in our markets, we need to adapt our operating model to
provide a better service to our end users. Adopting this business outsourcing
model is therefore an important step in our group strategy execution that will
be for the benefit of our subscribers, who remain our top priority, and this
will, as well, open new growth opportunities to our employees."

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

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


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About Atlantique Telecom:

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

Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become one of
the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and
Africa. Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East
and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for
Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has
been recognised as 'Best Operator' 10 times since 2006 and 'Best Wholesale
Provider' four times in the last three years. Servicing over 130 million
customers in 15 countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and


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