MTN Nigeria partner with Ericsson to enhance data connection

In a bid to enhance data connectivity for their subscribers, MTN Nigeria has partnered with Ericsson to implement their SSR 8020

Ericsson hailed their SSR 8020 technology saying the Smart Services Router (SSR) 8020 platform allows operators to introduce newer, smarter functions and capabilities to enhance the mobile broadband experience for end users.

This technology will augment the telecom’s data service to its subscribers who now number over 42 million people in a country of 120 million mobile subscribers.

MTN says the SSR has a backplane capacity of up to 16 Tbps, state-of-the-art signaling capacities, an easy-to-use administrative interface, and sophisticated availability and resilience capabilities. The router will support the current 2G, 3G, and Wi-Fi networks of MTN Nigeria, will also support future upgrades to LTE.

This puts MTN Nigeria at a vantage position to easily switch to 4G coverage in the near future. This technology will also see the company save on costs of upgrading and maintaining its data service.

CTO of MTN Nigeria Lynda Saint-Nwafor, said: “Deploying this platform will make our network more efficient and scalable to cater for the growing data demands of our subscribers.”

The technology upgrade also includes Evolved Packet Gateway will support 2G, 3G and 4G deployment and help in meeting the demand for IP data services.

Ericsson service professionals will provide turnkey services including installation, integration and commissioning of the new SSR 8020 platform as well as support services. MTN will deploy the Evolved Packet Gateway on SSR 8020 by the end of 2012.

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