Transcorp restores M-Tel networks

21 Aug 2007

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), the 75% owner of incumbent fixed line operator NITEL, says that it has restored mobile services over 70% of its network following widespread outages. Cellular subsidiary M-Tel hopes to have the remaining sections of its network back in action soon. The Daily Trust in Abuja quotes Transcorp Group’s managing director Tom Iseghohi who says that M-Tel’s GSM network now has capacity for 1.4 million users, and it expects to boost this to over ten million by 2010. It has been struggling to attract customers, however, with strong competition from larger rivals MTN, Globacom and Celtel, and had only around 53,000 subscribers at the end of March.

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