Sudatel is the incumbent fixed network operator with over 700,000 subscribers whilst MSI has invested in 13 GSM networks in 13 African countries. The initial contract, as a part of a strategic framework agreement, includes radio (BSS) and switching (SS) equipment as well as installation and professional services. Mobitel is the only operator in Sudan to offer GSM services.

With this contract, Ericsson will install over 100 BTS sites with an overall capacity of over 400,000 subscribers. With only 170,000 users in Sudan at the present time and a population exceeding 33 million inhabitants, there is a substantial potential for new mobile users in the country. Ericsson’s GSM solution will enhance Mobitel’s coverage and capacity to meet the untapped demand. Implementation will begin immediately, and when completed by the end of the year, the GSM network will allow Mobitel to offer their customers the latest, most advanced services and to further reinforce their leading position in the market.

“We are delighted to have Ericsson as our partner in Sudan. With the substantial demand for mobile services in Sudan and the imminent arrival of competition, Mobitel is very keen to work with a supplier who has demonstrated a track record of good service, prices and leading edge equipment,” says Dr. Abdel Aziz Osman, Chairman of Mobitel Board.

This agreement reinforces Ericsson's position as the leading supplier of mobile systems, and our commitment to deliver advanced wireless services to Africa.

“We are very pleased to become Mobitel’s partner and bring the latest GSM services to the rapidly growing GSM audience in Sudan. The contract is also an important milestone in our strong, long-term relationship with MSI Cellular, one of the leading pan-African operators. This also represents a considerable and inspiring step for the Northern African market,” says Mats Dahlin, President of MA Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ericsson.