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Northern Telecom Ltd. signed a three-year agreement to supply equipment to Mobility Canada for its 800 MHz cellular network. “Our enhanced 800 MHz cellular platform will allow Mobility Canada to offer advanced voice and data services complementary to those services being proposed for (personal communications services) through a high quality network,” said Joe Sarnecki, Nortel’s vice president of sales and marketing, wireless networks. Nortel values the agreement at around $200 million.

Digital Microwave Corp. signed a supply agreement with NZ Telecoms Ltd. of Pretoria, South Africa. Digital Microwave values the three-year agreement at $10 million. According to the arrangement, Digital Microwave will supply radios for a digital transmission network for ESKOM, South Africa’s national electric utility. Shipments are scheduled to begin early next year.

AirNet Communications Corp. said Cairo, Egypt-based National Telecommunications Corp. will become an AirNet sales representative in Egypt and the Africa/Middle East region, according to an agreement between the companies. Together the companies will market wireless broadband infrastructure equipment, base stations and systems for wireless local loop and Global System for Mobile communications networks. AirNet recently made similar agreements with Communications Technology Inc. of Seoul, South Korea, Comsyst of Sydney, Australia, and Thomsen Group of Copenhagen, Denmark.

L.M. Ericsson will supply Global System for Mobile communications equipment including switches and radio base station equipment to its subsidiary in Lebanon. The order, signed with France Telecom, is valued at $90 million. The new equipment will be installed during the next two years, Ericsson said.

Grey Cell Systems, a mobile and networking connectivity specialist, was awarded a contract by British Gas Services to supply and maintain 6,000 Global System for Mobile communications data cards. The 5000 series GSM data cards, which provide an interface between mobile phones and notebook personal computers, will be used on the road by British Gas Service engineers to track the progress of assignments and to provide online expertise in complex maintenance tasks. “We were looking for a reliable hardware and software solution that not only met our current needs but also looked to the future,” said Terry Dudley, British Gas Services’ system development project manager.

Siemens AG will supply three Global System for Mobile communications networks to Delhi, India-based Aircel Digilink Pvt. by the end of this year, and two GSM networks to India’s ModiCom in February 1997. Siemens values the arrangements at $193.5 million. Siemens is an electronics company specializing in rail transport, components, computers, semiconductors, telecommunications and power plants.

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