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West African operator “Sonitel” selects 3W to enable super-fast broadband

Société Nigérienne des Télécommunications has selected 3W Networks to deploy the country‟s largest optical data transmission infrastructure allowing Sonitel to provide a nationwide, super-fast broadband network.

3W will use equipment from leading manufacturer Nokia Siemens Networks to deliver extensive optical transmission capacity using DWDM technology. An optical transmission network is the 'backbone' of communications infrastructure, providing massive bandwidth to carry huge amounts of information around cities, and across countries and continents.

“We are pleased that Sonitel has placed its confidence in 3W‟s ability to deliver a modern network able to address the significant growth in the voice and data traffic. It is also rewarding to be a part of the modernization of this West African nation” said Walid Gamali, Chief Executive Officer of 3W Networks.

3W will provide a turnkey solution encompassing the design and implementation of a state of the art DWDM network connecting the Niger capital Niamey to Zinder covering a distance in excess of 1,000 kms. In addition to the DWDM, 3W will also provide next generation SDH and management software plus related services including planning, logistics, installation, commissioning, local pre-deployment system testing, training and in country support.

About Niger & SONITEL
Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east.

SONITEL (an acronym of Société Nigérienne des Télécommunications or Nigerien Telecommunications Society) is the Nigerien national telephone and telecommunications carrier. It was created in 1997 as a fusion of the telecommunications arm of Nigerien Posts and Telecommunications (Office des Postes et Télécommunications – OPT, the Postal Office) and the STIN (Société des Télécommunications Internationales du Niger / International Telecommunications Society of Niger) which controlled land line telephone connections abroad.