Nigerian mobile operator Zain Nigeria has extended its contract with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to expand its national fibre backbone network to improve quality and secure services to its subscribers. Under the deal NSN will deploy an additional 600km of the 4,000km network. ‘Our aim is to create wide capacity for Nigeria’s growing number of customers demanding high quality broadband services by deploying self-owned fibre,’ said Zain Nigeria’s CEO, Khaled Khorshid. ‘Following the initial project with NSN that was completed four months ahead of schedule, we knew they had the high standards and commitment to meet our delivery expectations. The benefit of a quick deployment is the significant revenue stream the new capacity generates for us, in addition to high savings as a result of reduced fibre leasing costs,’ he added. NSN was awarded the initial project in November 2007 and completed implementation of the backbone ahead of the June 2009 preliminary deadline.