REDWOOD SHORES, California, February 4, 2004 - Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), a leading global supplier of digital wireless equipment and services, has been awarded a $24 million contract by MTN Nigeria to supply, design and implement Harris MegaStar® 155 radios for MTN's high-capacity backhaul GSM network. MTN is one of the largest cellular networks in Africa. The new Harris radios provide MTN with higher network capacity and a lower cost alternative to existing satellite links. Shipment of the equipment has commenced, and is expected to be completed by March 2004.
"MTN Nigeria has teamed with Harris to enable us to augment our transmission backbone, which we call 'Y'hello Bahn.' Our capacity and quality of service requirements to satisfy our growing demand means that we must select the best technology and service providers. We believe Harris will enhance our service offering in Nigeria," said Dem Eleso, chief technical officer of MTN.
Harris MegaStar 155 STM-1 radios provide MTN with true broadband capability along with powerful propagation characteristics that ensure a reliable and robust network. MegaStar 155 is deployed in more than 3,000 sites around the world in networks of all types and is a proven performer. It offers high and very high capacities, and a high degree of scalability, allowing MTN to meet current and future needs, and to expand capacity easily and cost-effectively as subscribership grows.
"MTN is a true communications leader in Africa and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with them," said Guy Campbell, president of Harris Microwave Communications Division. "We are looking forward to helping MTN improve the capacity and efficiency of its network."
MTN is a Pan African cellular network operator and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange under the umbrella of MTN Group, Africa's leading mobile telephony company. MTN obtained a digital mobile license in Nigeria in 2001. The company currently provides service in 35 cities and more than 80 smaller towns, villages and communities, as well as a number of highways across Nigeria. MTN has reached an advanced stage in the construction of a nationwide microwave radio transmission backbone that spans over 3,000 Kilometers and traverses more than 120 Nigerian towns and villages. Once completed in the next few months, the network will significantly help to improve MTN call quality and coverage.
Harris Microwave Communications Division, one of five divisions within Harris Corporation, is the largest supplier of microwave systems in North America and a leading supplier worldwide. The division delivers wireless solutions to service providers of all types, including public network operators; fixed wireless operators; transportation; state, local and federal agencies; and power utilities. Its product line, the broadest in the industry, spans 2 to 38 GHz and includes both microwave and millimeter wave systems for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint architectures. Harris Corporation, which also provides broadcast, network support, and government communications systems and products, supports and serves customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.harris.com.
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