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March 18, 2013

Ericsson to Manage Atlantique Telecom's African Networks

Atlantique Telecom – a company in the Etisalat Group and a telecom provider operating in Niger, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Benin, Togo, and Cote d'Ivoire – has recently entered a managed services agreement with Ericsson to manage the entirety of its mobile infrastructure across multiple countries for a period of five yeras.

Innovation in mobile technology is in high demand due to the booming number of subscribers in Africa. They are growing in numbers by 30 percent every year, and show no signs of stagnation. Atlantique Telecom hopes to offer its ever-growing amount of subscribers value-added services that give each customer the ability to pick and choose what kind of service package they’ll have. The added element of choice gives customers added flexibility and makes Atlantique Telecom more competitive.

The agreement will also allow Etisalat to drive focus away from its current duties and focus more on developing its primary business, which involves developing more innovative services and offering them to customers.

"With the evolution of the competitive landscape in our markets, we need to adapt our operating model to provide a better service to our end customers," said Nagi Abboud, CEO at Atlantique Telecom. "Adopting this business outsourcing model is therefore an important step in our group strategy execution that will be for the benefit of our subscribers, who remain our top priority, and this will, as well, open new growth opportunities to our employees."

"Managed services is a proven business model to support operators in growth mode and it is one of the most dynamic areas in our industry," said Lars Lindén, head of Ericsson's sub-Saharan Africa regional division. "Our work together will support Atlantique Telecom in defining a new generation of operators in Africa."

Edited by Braden Becker

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