Showing posts with label Nigeria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nigeria. Show all posts

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Airtel Nigeria awards 3-year contract to Ericsson

Airtel Nigeria awarded a three-year contract to Ericsson to modernize and expand its packet core network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Evolved Packet Core solution includes the Ericsson Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 platform which provides a split control and user plane operation, as well as the Ericsson SGSN-MME which supports multi-access, GSM, WCDMA, LTE and interworks with Wi-Fi and CDMA.

Awadhesh Kalia, CTO, Airtel Nigeria says: "As the Smartphone Network, we are constantly investing to ensure that we deliver on our promise of a seamless broadband experience for our customers. With the completion of the first phase of this project, we have already begun to see the transformation in our networks.”

Jonathan Adams, Head of Ericsson South and East Africa says: "As a longstanding partner, we are aware of Airtel’s unyielding commitment to delivering excellent services to their customers. Through this partnership, we will be deploying a comprehensive, reliable and future-proof suite of solutions that offers quicker time to market of new offerings and superior network performance.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ericsson to Offer Subscription VOD for SPs

Ericsson is launching an end-to-end subscription video-on-demand content service called NuVu that will be marketed with service providers. AirTel Nigeria will be first to launch NuVu beginning in Q1 2016.

Subscribers will gain access to around 3,000 local and international TV and film titles for a small monthly fee. They will be able to download content directly to their smartphones or tablets at no additional data cost during off-peak network times, and access the content offline for up to 30 days after downloading.

Ericsson said it is working with a number of leading international distributors to acquire TV and film content for the new service.
NuVu is a complete end-to-end technology and content service. The platform, which has been developed by Ericsson and leverages the company's extensive over-the-top capabilities, will be fully integrated into the operator's customer relationship management and payment systems. A core feature of the service is the built-in ability to distribute content to consumers during off-peak periods. This minimizes data costs for both operator and consumer, addressing the cost challenge that has so far been an obstacle for video-on-demand uptake in Africa.

http://www.ericsson.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

American Tower to Acquire Bharti Airtel's Towers in Nigeria

American Tower agreed to acquire over 4,800 communications towers in Nigeria from Bharti Airtel.

Airtel will be the anchor tenant on the portfolio under a lease with a ten-year initial term.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of our operations in Nigeria while expanding our relationship with Airtel, one of the leading multinational operators in the world,” said Jim Taiclet, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Tower. “With the largest population and economy in Africa and relatively underdeveloped wireless infrastructure, we view Nigeria as a tremendous growth opportunity. Further, we expect this investment to support our long-term objective of generating double-digit AFFO per share growth for our stockholders.”

Commenting on the development, Christian de Faria, MD and Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Airtel Africa, said, “Nigeria is the largest mobile market in Africa and a key one for Airtel. This agreement, which is part of our stated philosophy of promoting infrastructure sharing, will provide us with considerable cost efficiencies and at the same time allows us to sharpen our focus on the customer. American Tower has a proven track record in passive infrastructure management and we look forward to benefitting from the best practices from all other countries it operates in."

http://www.americantower.com

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Airtel Nigeria Tests LTE in Lagos


Airtel Nigeria has completed its LTE trial in Lagos and will expand the pilot network in the other major cities across the country including Abuja and Port Harcourt.

In the Lagos trial. download speed, under ideal conditions was 37 Mbps, while under non ideal conditions, was 32 Mbps. Upload speed was 10.6 Mbps. Measurement under non ideal condition was done using www.Speedtest.net.

In February this year, Airtel Nigeria announced the roll-out of widest 3.75G services across the 36 States in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

http://www.airtel.com

Monday, September 17, 2012

DragonWave Supplies Wireless Backhaul in Nigeria


DragonWave announced deployment of its packet microwave radios with five new customers in Nigeria.


Mobitel, Netcom, MainOne, Spectranet, and Monacom have selected DragonWave’s Horizon product family to deliver high-capacity, 4G/LTE-Ready wireless backhaul networks.


“Nigeria is an important market for broadband services and DragonWave is committed to supporting the needs of carriers throughout Africa,” said Peter Allen, President and CEO, DragonWave. “We’ve prioritized Africa as a very viable market given that our technological advantage and high quality radio transmission makes wireless broadband applications both more accessible and affordable. We view these new deployments in Nigeria as a bellwether for expanding DragonWave’s footprint regionally and bringing the best and most reliable mobile wireless backhaul solutions to the continent."

http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Telecom Facilities Destroyed in N. Nigeria

A number of mobile masts and base stations in northern Nigeria were destroyed last week in attacks attributed to Boko Haram, a jihadist militant organization. According to allAfrica.com, companies suffering damage in the attacks included MTN, Glo, Airtel, Etisalat, Multilinks, and telecoms infrastructure provider, Helios Towers.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201209130182.html

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bharti Airtel Launches in Rwanda -- Greenfield Net Built in 83 Days

India's Bharti Airtel has launched operations in its 17th African country -- Rwanda. Airtel has already said that it will invest over USD 100 million in its operations over the next three years and generate direct and indirect employment opportunities. Mobile penetration in the country was at 38.4 per cent as of July 2011. Airtel was awarded the license by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) last year to operate 2G and 3G GSM mobile services.


Ericsson was selected to manage the network from end-to-end, including OSS/BSS solutions and managed services. IBM was selected to provide customer support systems.



Lars Lindén, head of Region Sub-Saharan Africa for Ericsson, says: “This solution is using the latest Ericsson portfolio, and will be the first Airtel network designed as an all-IP solution. That means Airtel will be able to provide advanced services to its subscribers, expand quickly to accommodate quick growth, and keep operating expenses down. The inaugural call was placed on the system on March 7. It took just 83 days to build this network from the start – the fastest Greenfield launch in history in Sub-Saharan Africa."


Airtel's other markets in Africa include Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
http://www.bharti.com
  • Last month, Bharti Airtel announced a commitment to a greener environmental profile including for its operations in Africa. The company said that over last one year, it has reduced the number of telecom sites running solely on diesel by more than 50%. By 2013, the Bharti Airtel aims to completely eradicate the constant use of diesel to power its network. This means no telecom site of the company will rely solely on diesel power 24 hours a day.


    Bharti Airtel is leveraging Hybrid Battery Banks to collect the excess energy produced by the diesel powered generator. This stored energy powers the site once the generator in switched off. This has helped reduce the use of diesel by up to 14 hours a day. Close to 60% of Bharti Airtel's telecom sites in Africa are now powered using the Hybrid model.


  • In June 2010, India's Bharti Airtel acquired Zain's mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for US$10.7 billion. This included operations in15 countries with a total customer base of over 42 million.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

MTN Nigeria Picks ZTE to Build 2G/3G Networks

ZTE announced a contract with the MTN Nigeria to build GSM/UMTS networks in Nigeria. The deployment covers two of the country’s most economically developed regions (including 8 states) by providing its ZTE's SDR-based Uni-RAN solution. Financial terms were not disclosed.
http://www.zte.com.cn

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bharti Airtel Aims for Greener Footprint in Africa

Bharti Airtel announced a commitment to a greener environmental profile including for its operations in Africa. The company said that over last one year, it has reduced the number of telecom sites running solely on diesel by more than 50%. By 2013, the Bharti Airtel aims to completely eradicate the constant use of diesel to power its network. This means no telecom site of the company will rely solely on diesel power 24 hours a day.


Bharti Airtel is leveraging Hybrid Battery Banks to collect the excess energy produced by the diesel powered generator. This stored energy powers the site once the generator in switched off. This has helped reduce the use of diesel by up to 14 hours a day. Close to 60% of Bharti Airtel's telecom sites in Africa are now powered using the Hybrid model.


Mr. Eben Albertyn, Chief Technical Officer, Bharti Airtel, said, "This milestone is the result of significant steps by Airtel taken to ensure that we reduce our fuel consumption and that we play our part in conserving the environment. We will continue to do so as the year progresses. Our first priority is to reduce the number of sites that are completely reliant on diesel generators. We are doing this by connecting these sites to grid electricity in areas where this option is feasible. Where it is not, we are exploring alternative forms of power supply, which include Hybrid Battery Banks and solar/wind power."http://www.bharti.com In June 2010, India's Bharti Airtel acquired Zain's mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for US$10.7 billion. This included operations in15 countries with a total customer base of over 42 million. The total population base covered is over 450 million with telecom penetration of approximately 32%. The countries in which Bharti has acquired the operations are - Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Zain is the market leader in 10 of the 15 countries and second in 4 countries.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ceragon Wins Mobile Backhaul Contract in Nigeria

Ceragon Networks announced a contract valued at $6 million to supply wireless backhaul solutions to Globacom Nigeria. The deal includes Ceragon's short-haul and long-haul systems as well as site survey, installation, commissioning and project management services.


Ceragon will manage the end-to-end deployment of its FibeAir IP-10 and Evolution IP Long-Haul systems throughout Nigeria, expanding upon the original network Ceragon developed for Glo in 2010. Glo is the second largest mobile operator in Nigeria serving approximately 25 million subscribers, and is Africa's fastest-growing telecommunications company. http://www.ceragon.com

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Huawei Selected for Western Africa's First LTE TDD Network

Nigeria's ZODA FONES has selected Huawei for the deployment of a TDD LTE network -- the first such commercial deployment in Western Africa. The initial rollout will cover Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, and its surrounding areas using Huawei's end-to-end SingleRAN LTE TDD solution. Financial terms were not disclosed. http://www.huawei.com

Monday, October 10, 2011

Progress on Africa Coast to Europe Submarine Cable

ACE, the Africa Coast to Europe submarine cable to be operational in the second half of 2012, landed today at the submarine cable station of Penmarc'h, Brittany, France.


The 17,000 km cable will provide access to the global broadband network for the first time for Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, and Sierra Leone. Mali and Niger will also be connected via the terrestrial network.


At the Penmarc'h station, ACE is connected to Sea-Me-We 3, the world's longest cable. The France Telecom-Orange Group is co-owner of this cable, which links Europe to Japan and Australia via India.
http://www.orange.com
  • In June 2010, Alcatel-Lucent was awarded a turnkey contract valued at over US$500 million with Africa Coast to Europe (ACE), a newly formed consortium composed of 20 operators linking Cape Town in South Africa to Penmarch in France via a submarine cable network. With an ultimate design capacity of 5.12 Terabit per second (Tbps), ACE has built-in 40 Gbps. Its 17,000-km coastal route will link South Africa to France - via Namibia, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Tenerife (Spain) and Portugal -- and will have 21 landing points along the route. Commercial launch is expected in the first half of 2012.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bharti Airtel Africa Awards 5-Year Managed Services Deal to Ericsson

Bharti Airtel awarded a five year managed services agreement to Ericsson for upgrading, optimizing and managing its mobile networks in Africa. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Under a separate two year agreement, Ericsson will modernize and upgrade Airtel's mobile networks in Africa with the latest technology including its multi standard RBS 6000 base station. Ericsson will also provide technology consulting, network planning & design and network deployment.


Manoj Kohli, CEO (International) & Joint Managing Director, Bharti Airtel said: "Ericsson has been our managed services and network technology partner in the Asian operations. Given its expertise and strong track record we are confident that this partnership will be able to efficiently deliver the best networks and services to our customers in Africa. The new generation equipment from Ericsson will help reduce our total cost of ownership of the networks." http://www.ericsson.com http://www.bharti.com

  • Earlier this month, Bharti Airtel awarded a 10-year contract to IBM to provide IT solutions to its employees across 16 African countries. In terms of the agreement, IBM will provide a standard operating environment, help desk and desk side support to enhance employee efficiency and convenience. The announcement builds on a strategic partnership signed in late 2010 to manage the computing technology and services to power Airtel's mobile communications network spanning 16 African countries.


  • In June 2010, India's Bharti Airtel completed its previously announced acquisition of Zain's mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for an enterprise valuation of US$10.7 billion.


    The acquisition positions Airtel as one of the world's top five mobile operators with 180 million customers, operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. It's network footprint covers over 1.8 billion people. The company will have combined revenues of over US$12.4 billion and EBITDA of over US$ 4.7 billion, based on the last audited results.


    Bharti's acquisition of Zain's African mobile services operations covers 15 countries with a total customer base of over 42 million. The total population base covered is over 450 million with telecom penetration of approximately 32%. The countries in which Bharti has acquired the operations are - Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Zain is the market leader in 10 of the 15 countries and second in 4 countries.


    For Zain, the sale resulted in aggregate net cash proceeds of US$8.968 billion. As at 8th June 2010, Zain confirms that it has received US$7.868 billion of cash proceeds from Bharti. The rest is due over the next 6 months. Zain has also licensed the use of the "Zain" brand and related trademarks to Bharti in all 15 African operations for an interim period.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Etisalat Nigeria Outsources to Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has won a renewed two-year multivendor managed services agreement with Etisalat Nigeria for day-to-day network operations and maintenance. Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide network operations, consulting, design, network optimization, spare parts management, maintenance services, and project management.


Etisalat Nigeria's mobile subscriber base has dramatically grown 120 percent year-over-year to over seven million subscribers in just two years.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nigeria's Glo Moves Forward with LTE

Globacom announced the launch of Nigeria's first LTE service in Lagos. LTE modems and smartphones are expected to be available shortly in Lagos. Glo currently serves over 25 million mobile subscribers across Nigeria and owns network assets in other African markets including Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Gambia.



"For our subscribers, LTE offers the key benefits of performance and capacity," stated Mr. Mohamed Jameel, Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom. "We have always been in the forefront of providing tools of business success for Nigerians." http://www.gloworld.com/latestnews1.asp

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Aviat Supplies WiMAX in Nigeria

Aviat Networks announced a contract to supply its StarMAX WiMAX Broadband system, including base stations, Wireless Services Gateway (WSG) and end-user devices, to Direct On PC Limited, the leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) in West Africa. The network is to provide broadband services to underserved areas of Nigeria. The wireless infrastructure equipment and services contract includes approximately 200 base station locations. Initially, this equipment will be deployed throughout Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria and second largest in Africa. Subsequent installations will occur in Abuja, the national capital, and Port Harcourt, the primary Nigerian port and also one of Nigeria's largest cities.
http://www.aviatnetworks.com

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