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Glo extends 2013 network investment to $1.2bn

By on April 30, 2013

Nigeria’s indigenous telecoms service provider, Globacom, has signed a new $500 million contract with ZTE, a global Information and Communication Technology solutions provider, for network upgrade, bringing the former’s network investment for 2013 to a whopping $1.250 billion.

It will be recalled that the telecoms operator, last week, Globacom had signed a $750 million pact with Huawei, a global telecommunication infrastructures provider for the same purpose.

The latest contract, which is for a four-month period is to enable Globacom to “massively expand its current huge capacity.” Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Mohamed Jameel, who spoke at the contractsigning ceremony held at the company’s head office in Lagos, explained that the network enhancement project was part of the plan to enhance the experience of millions of subscribers on the Globacom network. He said the contract with ZTE was to enable the network operator upgrade its facilities to the very latest technology in global telecommunications.

The massive expansion project will involve network upgrade and overhaul of infrastructure across the country as well as expansion and densification projects that will on completion in four months enable the network to cater more for its existing and potential subscribers.

Under the partnership, Globacom will build new switches, increase mobile switching centres to ease congestion and construct additional 4,000 km of optic fibre cable which will complement the existing fibre optic facility which is the most extensive fibre coverage of Nigeria. Glo has state-of-theart IP/MPLS and TDM technologies (30 gigabyte capacity) to meet requirements of enterprise customers, video, voice and data services.

The TDM network will also be upgraded to a fully integrated Generalised Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS). Jameel said part of the upgrade will also include installation of new base stations and densification of existing ones; setting up of three new mini call centers across the country to take care of vast increase in subscriber figures and upgrade of the radio access network which will ensure that data customers enjoy unparalleled speed and reliability.



[National Mirror]