Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has been selected by MTN Nigeria, a subsidiary of South African telecoms operator MTN, for the transformation of the operator’s DSL access and aggregation network. The vendor’s solution will enable MTN Nigeria to cost-effectively transform its TDM-based transport network into an all-IP powered network, helping the company to realise a simplified, lower cost, highly scalable infrastructure that will grow alongside the firm. Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS-based solution will also enable the operator to generate new revenue streams by leveraging broadband IP to deliver video-rich content and multimedia data services. The IP portfolio will allow MTN Nigeria to deliver scalable, evolvable, cost-efficient and fully-managed IP-based transport, allowing the leading operator to reduce operating expenditures and quickly deploy advanced, revenue-generating services. ‘Since its inception, MTN Nigeria has invested in cutting-edge technology in order to deliver world-class products and services to our customers, stated Ahmad Farroukh, CEO of MTN Nigeria, adding: ‘We are pleased to partner with Alcatel-Lucent to deliver a solution that will improve customer experience.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MTN Nigeria is the country’s largest mobile operator, with a total of 38.7 million subscribers at 31 December 2010, equating to a market share of 44.3%.