Huawei bags CDMA deal in Egypt

Huawei Technologies is looking to tap into growing demand for fixed wireless systems in Africa after securing a deal to improve tele-density in Egypt with CDMA2000 wireless local loop (WLL) lines.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  May 6, 2004

Huawei Technologies is looking to tap into growing demand for fixed wireless systems in Africa after securing a deal to improve tele-density in Egypt with CDMA2000 wireless local loop (WLL) lines. The vendor has been recruited by Telecom Egypt to undertake part of the operator’s upcoming CDMA WLL project, which is aimed at improving coverage in remote and rural areas and sidestepping barriers to copper network deployment. Telecom Egypt began assessing systems earlier this year for the programme, which will take a previous pilot WLL project nationwide. Huawei will expand telephony services into Upper Egypt, the Suez Canal region, Sinai and the Mediterranean Northern coast. It claims to have secured the largest share of the project in terms of coverage. “[We will] catalyse local manufacturing capabilities and local technical expertise to fulfill requirements and orders for this significant project,” says Ding Shaohua, Huawei senior VP. Huawei is also constructing WLL networks in Algeria and Ethiopia. Algeria Telecom contracted the vendor to provide a 1900MHz WLL system based on CDMA 2000 1X RTT technology. It is also providing a combination of 800MHz and 450MHz CDMA systems in four Ethiopian cities. The move could also pay off for Huawei’s partnership with the Egyptian Telephone Company (ETC), to manufacture and market its products locally under the brand name, Quicktel. Huawei signed an agreement with ETC in August 2003 to produce CDMA2000 WLL terminals in Egypt. The two companies expect to make 100,000 units available this year and are hoping to increase the export of Quicktel equipment to African countries in 2004 and 2005. They are also planning to deploy a testing and training platform to enable local engineers to conduct CDMA-related R&D activities and provide a training centre for operators in the region rolling out CDMA networks. The project also provides a boost to Huawei’s international expansion strategy, which saw it generating 27% of its revenues last year outside China.

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