Nigeria goes 3G crazy!

14 Jul 2005

Nitel GSM (which operates under the brand name M-Tel) is the latest Nigerian cellco to announce ambitious plans for the roll out of 3G services in Africa’s most populous country. M-Tel says it plans to add an extra 1,500 base stations and upgrade its current GSM/GPRS infrastructure to W-CDMA within ‘the next few months’. Quite how realistic this date is remains to be seen. M-Tel’s rival MTN Nigeria set the 3G ball rolling earlier this month when it said it was confident of launching the country’s first UMTS mobile service, possibly as early as the first half of next year, despite being the only Nigerian operator yet to offer 2.5G services.

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