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Jawwal and Ericsson EDGE closer in Palestine

Palestinian mobile operator Jawwal has awarded a US$23 million contract to Ericsson which will see the supplier add EDGE capabilities to its entire network.

Palestinian mobile operator Jawwal has awarded a US$23 million contract to Sweden-based manufacturer Ericsson. The deal will see the supplier provide Jawwal with GSM and GPRS expansions, adding EDGE capabilities to the entire network. The expansion will enable Jawwal to offer mobile broadband services to up to one million subscribers with EDGE capability.

Included in the contract are service layer products, such as charging solutions and automatic device configuration, as well as consulting services.

According to Ammar Aker, CEO at Jawwal and Bjorn Eisner, Ericsson’s president in Palestine, the deal helps cement the strategic relations between the two companies.

"We are pleased to be able to support Jawwal in this major step towards data services and convergence. This deal anchors our position as the sole supplier for the entire of Jawwal's GSM network," says Eisner.

Currently the only operator in the West Bank and Gaza, Jawwal is estimated to have ended 2005 with just under 1.2 million customers, a market penetration of 31%. The Palestinian regulator is currently lobbying for spectrum to be release for a second operator.

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