Etisalat inks managed network services deal with Aviat

21 Aug 2012

US-based microwave networking solutions provider Aviat Networks has announced the signing of a service level agreement (SLA) to provide mobile operator Etisalat Nigeria with a comprehensive suite of managed network services. Under the agreement, Aviat Networks will establish a network operations centre (NOC) in Abuja to operate 50 hops of Etisalat’s enterprise data network, comprising 100 radios of the Eclipse Packet Node microwave networking solution, on the mobile operator’s network nationwide within Nigeria. The vendor will also implement its element management system ‘ProVision’ for network surveillance, fault escalation and reporting with up to six months of performance data stored for analysis, and implement its Comprehensive Spares Management Programme. ‘This will be Aviat Networks’ first managed network services SLA with Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates, one of the largest mobile telecommunications company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region,’ said Olawale Osimosu, country director of Aviat Networks, Nigeria, adding: ‘Aviat Networks managed network services are designed to give Etisalat a cost-optimised solution by leveraging its existing staff in Nigeria and resulting in a better network quality of service for its end users. Overall, this is a great opportunity for us to showcase our market leading capabilities in managed services among all the microwave specialist providers.’