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Huawei is picked for Ivory GSM

Huawei has been selected by West African mobile service provider Comium Mobile to deploy a GSM network in The Ivory Coast.

The contract includes providing a full turnkey GSM, GPRS, 3G and intelligent network in the country.

The infrastructure provider is expected to have the network ready to launch commercially by the first quarter of 2007.

Comium said it chose Huawei for the contract because it had an established relationship with Huawei and because the Chinese equipment supplier was an “enabling partner” for its objective to expand the market in the Ivory Coast. Huawei has already implemented GSM networks in Sierra Leone and Liberia for Comium Mobile, which is a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Comium Group.

“Comium is aggressively pursuing the acquisition of new licences across West Africa.

The success we are enjoying in Liberia and Sierra Leone is inspiring us to grow regionally by providing differentiated customer experience through the provision of innovative products and services including affordable GSM solutions, broadband internet and international voice service offerings,” said Nizar Dalloul, chairman and CEO of the Comium Group.

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