Motorola, EriTel Deploy GSM
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Motorola
Inc. (NYSE: MOT - message board) today announced the deployment
of Eritrea's first GSM wireless network in conjunction with EriTel, the
country's sole mobile operator. Motorola's network infrastructure makes it
easier for operators in emerging markets by providing a proven, cost-effective
platform for operators looking to market basic voice services to new
subscribers in both urban and rural areas.
EriTel's network provides
coverage to the capital city of Asmara, in addition to the transport routes to
the ports of Massawa and Assab and to Eritrea's southern and northern region.
EriTel plans to extend the coverage to the entire country by the end of 2004.
EriTel expects an estimated 65,000 new customers to adopt its cellular service
in the first few years of operation.
"The deployment of
EriTel's GSM mobile network is a significant development for Eritrea, bringing
the country's communication infrastructure in line with the rest of the
region" said Jeff Cherif, vice president and director of sales of the
Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region for Motorola. "This
deployment further demonstrates Motorola's commitment and leadership in
bringing wireless communications to operators across the MEA region."