Operator gets approval for loan guarantee to fund CDMA network

16 Aug 2004

Bourdex Telecommunications, a private operator licensed to provide fixed and mobile telecoms services in ten south-eastern Nigerian states, has been told that the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a USD18.3 million loan guarantee to allow Nortel Networks and Research Triangle to deliver a new mobile network. Bourdex currently has capacity for 45,000 customers and thanks to growing demand for its services, is expanding and upgrading its wireless analogue network to a digital CDMA platform. The new network will have capacity for 80,000 users in 2005, rising to 200,000 by 2009, and will offer push-to-talk, high speed internet access and MMS to its customers. Other US suppliers participating in the export deal include: Solectron Systems, Microwave Networks, Andrew Corp, UT Starcom, Glenayre Duluth, Eltek Energy and Sun Microsystems.

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