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L.M. Ericsson signed a contract to supply a Digital Cellular System 1800 network in Denmark for Telia Mobile AB. Ericsson values the first phase of the project at $49 million, with options for deliveries totaling $152 million, said the company. Bo Stokholm, vice president of L.M. Ericsson, said the company has established a separate organization with approximately 50 people dedicated to the project in Denmark.

Allen Telecom Inc. expanded its presence in the Pacific Rim by creating two new companies: Allen Telecom (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. and Allen Telecom (Hong Kong) Ltd. Each company will provide Allen Telecom’s customers in the region with a direct, local source for installation, project management, engineering, drive testing and other services, said Jerry Stupka, vice president of international sales. “These markets are growing so quickly that they require a level of service and responsiveness that can only be offered by local companies,” he said.

FaciliCom International reached an operating agreement with Venezuela’s leading carrier, Compania Anonima Nacional de Telefonos de Venezuela. The agreement establishes direct channels between the Venezuelan operator’s international switching points and FCI’s facilities in the United States. The agreement also calls for exploring other joint business opportunities.

France Telecom Mobiles International won a license to operate a Global System for Mobile communications cellular network in Moldova, a country bordering Romania and the Ukraine. France Telecom formed a consortium to bid on the GSM license in March. The company holds a 51-percent stake in the venture, along with local partners, including Moldovian Mobile Telephone with 35 percent, Moldtelecom with 10 percent and Mobil Rom with 4 percent. France Telecom also owns a majority interest in Mobil Rom.

Lucent Technologies Inc.’s Microelectronics Group reached an agreement to provide power equipment to Jiang Su Provincial Postal and Telecommunications Appliances Corp., a wireless services provider in China. The agreement includes power plant bays to be used with Motorola Inc. and L.M. Ericsson base stations using Global System for Mobile communications and Total Access Communications Systems technologies. The Lucent product is a 24-volt, 1200-ampere system, which will be delivered during the second quarter. The equipment will be used in a new cellular network in the Jiang Su province. Specific terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Northern Telecom Ltd. is taking its network building and commercial service rollout operation overseas, having been selected to build new CDMA digital wireless telephone networks in the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. Rostov Electrosviaz and Shaanxi Great Wall Mobile Communication both selected Nortel to supply their networks.

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