Ericsson will deliver telephony servers, media gateways, multi-service core switches, access ramps, the OSS (Operating Support System) management, and billing gateway. The contract also includes network design, implementation and customer support.

Initially the new ENGINE solution will be used by Tunisie Télécom to offer its customers voice and ISDN services, but in the near future a full range of broadband service can be offered. Implementation of the voice and ISDN services are planned for completion by the end of the year.

This is the third ENGINE contract Ericsson has announced this year in the African region. Earlier this year, both Transtel of South Africa and Telecom Egypt signed ENGINE solution agreements.

ENGINE can combine voice, data, video and Internet traffic on a single network, resulting in lower operating costs and expanding the range of information, services and applications available to end-users.