Atlantique Telecom selects Ericsson to manage African networks

Atlantique Telecom selects Ericsson to manage African networks 
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwire) -- 03/13/13 --  
* 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 quality. 
* 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 Linden, 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 Africa." 
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 services. 
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About Atlantique Telecom: 
Atlantique Telecom is part of Etisalat Group, with operations in
Benin, Central
Africa Republic, Cote 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 markets. 
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