Category Archives: Africa

Ericsson Join Hands with Airtel

It has been reported that the Swedish firm Ericsson has finalized a deal with Airtel in order to handle more than 70% of Airtel’s network in India, whereas Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) will be handling the rest of the parts, though the authorities have not disclosed the amount as of now.

“This unique multi-technology managed services partnership with Ericsson will help us focus on creating a compelling service proposition for our customers, as we look to ramp up our market access”, said that Airtel’s Chief Executive Officer for India and South Asia, Sanjay Kapoor, while briefing the contract. Under the spell of the contract, Ericsson will be liable for surplus 15 service areas such as managing Airtel’s networks in regions of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, the North East, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chennai and Kerala.

In a statement, the company said that Bharti Airtel is one out of the leading global telecommunication companies that successfully delivers its services in around 19 countries across Asia as well as Africa. The service provider has refined its managed services agreement with Ericsson, especially for Indian operations.

In addition, the company authorities have also notified that the five-year contract will support multi-vendor and multi-technology, where Ericsson will be liable for operating maintaining as well as providing its services across 70% of Bharti Airtel’s network across India. Simultaneously, Ericsson will be employed to manage Bharti Airtel’s prepaid customer base.

Sanjay Kapoor has claimed that India can be observed as the third largest internet market with a noteworthy increase in the data traffic, higher number of smartphones as well as wireless networks. Ericsson is believed to have a significant role to create Airtel’s 3G networks in Indian service circles.

SA’s PPC Mill Expects ‘To Lift Capacity By 30%’

It seems that after lingering for long after 2009 recession, the Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) is all set on its mission to recovery. Backed by its newly upgraded technology, the Company is expecting to extend its cement production capacity by a staggering 30%. Of lately, the Company had faced tough time when the local demand could not be met while the international demand was growing.

The SA’s biggest cement maker will churn out and sell premium products in its new R699m largest manufacturing facility in Pretoria. The mill was commissioned last year.

Confirming the news, Kevin Odendaal, the company’s investor relations and Strategy Manager, said, “It (the new technology) is extremely efficient on electricity, up to 30% more efficient, which is especially relevant, considering that the plant will run at high volumes”.

The Company had been quite disappointed with the loss it incurred as 5% of the market went in imports and further, it is concerned about subsidized imported cement.

Meanwhile, the Company is planning to expand its wings elsewhere in Africa in order to compensate for the loss it incurred during poor sales at home. Moving further, the Company is considering refurnishing other plants within three to five years.