Etisalat to install 1,000 BTS in 2012

24 Nov 2011

The Nigerian unit of UAE-based telecoms operator Etisalat plans to roll out around 1,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) across the country during 2012 to improve service quality and network coverage. Nigerian newspaper The Guardian cites Etisalat Nigeria’s CEO, Steve Evans, as saying that the company currently has between 2,800 and 2,900 cell sites in the country, and plans to increase the figure to 3,000 by the end of 2011. As well as the 1,000 BTS planned for 2012, Etisalat plans to install a similar amount the following year. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that Etisalat was Nigeria’s fourth largest mobile operator by subscribers at the end of September 2011, with an estimated 8.05 million customers on its network (equivalent to a market share of 9.0%), up from 5.417 million one year earlier.