MTN makes 3G test call

9 May 2007

A month after the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) awarded a 3G licence to MTN Nigeria at a cost of USD150 million, the cellco has announced it has made successful test calls on its UMTS network. Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria Chief Technical Officer, (CTO) told local newspaper Vanguard, ‘We are working assiduously to complete the ring of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt in the next few months so that customers on our network would begin to enjoy the multi-purpose benefits associated with 3G calls. We understand the importance of the 3G telephony and its impact in any economy. Indeed, we are deploying facilities at a very fast pace as we are certain that most customers on the MTN network are eager to switch on their phones to enjoy voice and video calls mode.’ He gave no indication as to when a commercial launch of the new platform would be likely.

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