Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Unitel, the largest mobile operator in Angola, have signed a contract for network performance consulting and continued expansion of Unitel's GSM/WCDMA network over the coming three years.

The contract includes a comprehensive network performance partnership agreement, to strengthen Unitel's network quality. Under the agreement, Ericsson consultants will perform network improvement and optimization services for the core, radio and transmission networks.

For the continued expansion of Unitel's network, Ericsson will deliver services including network design, network deployment, systems integration and network support.  Ericsson service professionals from Angola and Portugal will be involved in the project.

Amílcar Safeca, CEO of Unitel, says: "We have been working together with Ericsson since our launch. Ericsson has proven it has the competence, product portfolio and services capability needed to secure the highest quality communications for our customers".

Jan Embro, President of Ericsson in sub-Saharan Africa, says: "This contract reflects Ericsson's strong position in Angola. We are proud that Unitel has selected Ericsson's consulting expertise for the network performance improvement and continued network expansion, which will strengthen Unitel's continued growth and ensure a high-quality end-user experience for Unitel's customers."

Each year Ericsson delivers more than 1300 consulting and systems integration projects in multi-vendor and multi-technology environments to operators worldwide. Ericsson's strategy, technology, operational, competence consulting and systems integration expertise covers multimedia services and service networks, telecom management, IP core networks, IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) and satellite communications.

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About Unitel
Unitel SA is the leading mobile operator in Angola with more than 4.5 million subscribers (December 2008). The company launched its GSM services in April 2001 and now covers all 18 provinces of the country and more than 100 municipalities. In 2008 the company introduced innovative new 3G services based on HSPA.