MTN Nigeria Selects Alcatel for network upgrade

MTN Nigeria, part of South Africa’s MTN Group, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to transform its DSL access and transport networks based on TDM to all-IP network supplied.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its IP / MPLS for MTN Nigeria to enable the operator to reduce operating costs while taking advantage of broadband IP multimedia services for video and data services to its customers. Adolfo Hernandez, president of Alcatel-Lucent, EMEA, said the new network is able to support a transition to LTE MTN Nigeria if you choose to do so in the future.

As part of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will also provide MTN Nigeria, with a comprehensive set of professional services including project management, engineering, training, research, installation and wiring.

MTN Nigeria has a subscriber base of more than 30 million people. The operator competes with Globacom, Airtel, Etisalat and rival M-Tel in the country.

Last June, in anticipation of growing competition from rivals, MTN Nigeria signed loan agreements worth more than $ 2 billion with 15 Nigerian banks and two foreign banks as part of its expansion plans.