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Lacell SU Burundi chooses Ericsson for GSM network


Ericsson, has announced the signing of an agreement with Lacell SU Burundi
to supply a complete turnkey GSM network for the Burundian operator.

"We are delighted to be working with the world's leading telecommunications
vendor because it gives us a significant competitive advantage in the
Burundian market," confirms Bhupendra Bhandari, GM for Lacell SU Burundi.
"It was also a comparatively easy decision for us to make given that
time-to-market was a crucial factor and Ericsson has such an outstanding,
proven track record with regards delivering and deploying networks."
The agreement with Lacell SU Burundi includes establishing the core network
and its associated radio network, together with all related installation,
integration and training services. This first phase of the project is
expected to be completed within four months and rollout has already begun.
"Obviously, we are delighted to have been given such an exciting
opportunity," enthuses Hans Olov Rauman, Vice President of Account
Management for Ericsson's market unit sub-Saharan Africa (MUSA). "Not only
are we deploying our first network in Burundi, but this is also our first
partnership with Lacell in Africa and reflects the growing relationship
between the two companies."
The fifth operator in Burundi, the launch of Lacell SU Burundi will further
enhance the competitiveness of the East African nation's telecommunications
market and, in turn, stimulate its economy.
"The rollout of the Lacell SU Burundi network further strengthens our
footprint across the continent and reaffirms our commitment to playing a
central role in driving growth in the African telecom market," Rauman