ZTE, a global leader in telecommunications equipment and network solutions supply, has signed a contract with MTN Nigeria to build and improve MTN’s mobile networks in Nigeria.
The company will build GSM/UMTS networks in Nigeria to enable MTN Nigeria expand and modernize its mobile networks in two of Nigeria’s top economically developed regions, comprising eight states.
“ZTE will provide a seamless cutting-edge network solution to MTN,” said ZTE VP Xu Ming, “the company will continue to strive to improve the quality of the Nigerian network.”
ZTE will provide SDR-based Uni-RAN solution following the agreement.
The company’s Uni-RAN solution is an industry leading solution that cuts down on total cost ownership as well as protecting customers’ investments for the future technologies.
MTN says it selected ZTE as its supplier following its rank as a leader in providing network solutions.
MTN study shows network-operating expenses can be reduced by up to 50 percent. After ZTE modernization, the total cost of ownership could be reduced by about 40 percent in seven years.
More than 120 operators have adopted ZTE’s SDR technology across over 100 countries globally, including 21 of the world’s top 30 leading operators such as Telefonica and H3G.
MTN has more than 45 million subscribers in Nigeria, making it the largest in the Africa’s most populous country.
MTN also plans to invest $1 billion over the next one year to expand its network in Nigeria.
MTN face a serious competition from India’s Bharti Airtel and local firm Globacom. Bharti Airtel has ambitious plan of reaching $5 billion a year in revenue from Africa by 2012/2013 and has since launched serious campaign including price wars across continent.