Servicing rural areas

Sonatel has purchased 300 indoor GSM payphones from Intracom. The agreement, which builds on an existing relationship between the two companies, will allow Sonatel to improve access to Senegal’s rural regions.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  August 1, 2005

Sonatel has purchased 300 indoor GSM payphones from Intracom. The agreement, which builds on an existing relationship between the two companies, will allow Sonatel to improve access to Senegal’s rural regions. The GSM payphones are designed to serve areas, which are out of reach of a standard telephone line, providing users with circuit-switched data across a wireless network. The GSM technology platform comes equipped with an enhanced management system, which will enable Sonatel to manage its network efficiently. Sonatel has already deployed Intracom’s payphone products and solutions for its public switched telephone network (PSTN). “While mobile phone usage is on the rise in our territory, GSM payphones will be vital for people who live in remote areas and cannot afford the cost of owning a GSM phone and line to remain connected,” says Sonatel. “For our payphone installation project, Intracom was an obvious choice. We already enjoy a highly-beneficial relationship with Intracom and the integrated management system it provides is unparalleled.” Intracom will install the GSM payphones as a turnkey solution and will also provide additional guidance to Sonatel for the new service. To complement these services, Intracom has developed a business model for Sonatel, enabling customers to maximise their return-on- investment (ROI). “This agreement indicates the reputation Intracom has developed around the world and we will be putting all our skills and services to use in meeting Sonatel’s requirements,” says Stavros Vougas, managing director of Intracom Middle East. Intracom’s installation of the GSM payphones will provide a development model that can be replicated in other countries. “The African market is booming for the telecommunications sector and there are plenty of opportunities to improve the infrastructure in the area. We have made a vital move towards securing extensive market share in Africa,” Vougas continues.

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