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Siemens to Build Viacom's 3G/W-CDMA Network in South Africa
Posted: 26-Aug-2004 [Source: Siemens]

[Viacom looking to become the first operator in Africa to put a 3G/W-CDMA network into commercial operation.]

Munich -- South Africa's Vodacom has signed a framework agreement making Siemens the sole supplier in building its 3G/W-CDMA network in South Africa. Under the terms of the contract, Siemens mobile, the mobile communication group at Siemens AG, is to upgrade Vodacom's existing GSM and GPRS network nationwide with Third Generation radio equipment and switches. This is Siemens' first 3G/W-CDMA contract on the African continent.

Vodacom will be the first mobile operator in Africa to put a 3G/W-CDMA network into commercial operation. As South Africa's leading mobile communication operator, with a customer base of more than nine million subscribers, Vodacom intends to offer initial 3G services by as soon as the first half of 2005, including video downloads or live broadcasts of e.g. soccer games to mobile phones.

"We are pleased that we will now also be able to support Vodacom in migrating to Third Generation mobile communication, thus helping to strengthen South Africa's position as a technology pioneer in mobile communications," said Christoph Caselitz, President of the Networks Division at Siemens mobile. In 2003 alone, the number of mobile subscribers in South Africa rose by 26 percent. And the current mobile communication market penetration of 37 percent holds the promise of further growth potential for mobile operators.

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