M-Tel increases capacity

14 Mar 2006

Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications (M-Tel), the mobile subsidiary of incumbent telco NITEL, has revealed plans to increase the capacity of its network by 2.5 million lines, to take total capacity to 3.7 million. The expansion is part of the cellco’s ‘network augmentation’ programme which was launched last year, with Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE, Motorola, Nokia and Siemens being selected as the vendors for the project. M-Tel said it would build an additional 800 base stations as part of the programme; it currently has 500. At the end of 2005 the cellco claimed 1.4 million subscribers and a market share of around 8%. It competes with MTN Nigeria, Vee Networks and Globacom.