InterWave wins GSM order in Somalia

US-based wireless equipment vendor, InterWave, has struck a deal to supply two high capacity GSM switches to Nationlink Telecom in Somalia.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  July 6, 2003

US-based wireless equipment vendor, InterWave, has struck a deal to supply two high capacity GSM switches to Nationlink Telecom in Somalia.

The company will provide two WXC II switches, which InterWave claims can support up to 100,000 active subscribers in a completely redundant mode, and offer value-added services such as authentication, prepaid and SMS in one system.

“Nationlink will now transition into a nationwide full mobility GSM operator, and these two additional WXC II switches will allow us to meet the growing demand for cellular services in the Somali market,” said Abdirizak Ido, president of Nationlink Telecom.

The operator launched four years ago, using lower capacity equipment from InterWave. The US vendor also supplies Galkom and STC, both sister companies of Nationlink within the Somali Telecom Group organisation.

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