Extreme Telecom: Mobile Networks in Africa

Equipment vendors like Nokia and Ericsson are big in Africa, but face challenges such as lack of electricity and the multiplicity of languages

Piotr Labuszewski, East Africa area manager for handset maker Nokia (NOK), would seem to have the sales territory from hell. In some of the countries for which he's responsible, such as Somalia, AK-47s are as ubiquitous as cell phones. Even the more stable countries such as Kenya or Tanzania offer little in the way of modern infrastructure outside the big cities.

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