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Wed 15 Oct 2008 12:33 PM

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Vodacom signs $30m deal with Alcatel-Lucent

French vendor to upgrade operator's 3G network

Network vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed a $30 million deal with Vodacom to upgrade the South African mobile operator’s 3G network, which Alcatel-Lucent says will boost its capacity and coverage.

Vodacom South Africa’s executive director of engineering and technology, Andries Delport, said: “Achieving an improved end-user experience with superior mobile voice and high-speed mobile broadband data services is our key objective in expanding our 3G network.

“This project will also provide us with the ability to leverage the investment we have in our existing network to meet the growing demand of our customers for advanced services.”

In a statement, Alcatel-Lucent said: “The enhanced 3G wireless network, based on Alcatel-Lucent’s UMTS and HSDPA/HSUPA technologies, will improve Vodacom’s network voice-quality and data-transmission speeds, while further strengthening indoor coverage in urban areas.”

Alcatel-Lucent will also provide on-site training and program management of the equipment.

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