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MTN Yemen extends GSM service with $29.1m deal

Alcatel-Lucent awarded project to enhance network coverage and efficiency for MTN Yemen

MTN Yemen has signed a Euro 20 million ($29.1m) deal with Alcatel-Lucent to extend its GSM/EDGE network.

The deal, which includes solutions and services, will improve data speed and reduce operating costs for the MTN South Africa subsidiary,

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its Evolution Base Station Controllers to leverage MTN's existing radio access, along with the Twin TRX radio transceiver network to enhance capacity in urban areas as well as provide more coverage in rural areas. The infrastructure also includes an advanced microwave transmission system to link base stations and the core network, as well as high-capacity core switching and Intelligent Network extensions.

Alcatel-Lucent will also carry out network integration and deployment, optimization and managed services.

Raed Ahmad, CEO of MTN Yemen commented: "We believe that our GSM network users will greatly benefit from a superior quality network that provides high-quality services. By expanding our ongoing relationship with Alcatel-Lucent, we can be assured that our customers are provided with the best mobile communication experience including quick, reliable connections that will have a positive impact on regional economic growth."

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