Globacom, Huawei ink USD750m network upgrade deal

26 Apr 2013

Nigerian mobile operator Globacom has signed an agreement with Huawei for the upgrade and expansion of its wireless infrastructure. Local newspaper The Guardian cites Globacom’s chief operating officer, Muhammed Jameel, as saying that the USD750 million deal will enable the firm to overhaul its network with a view to providing better service to its roughly 25 million subscribers across the country. ‘In preparation for our tenth anniversary in Nigeria, we have decided to concentrate on upgrading our network with the latest technology, which can provide a bullish network that can provide better services to our customers,’ Jameel noted. He added that the contract will see Huawei upgrade Globacom’s base transceiver stations (BTS), mobile switching centres and microwave radio facilities. It also includes the upgrade of the operator’s transport network from 10Gbps to 100Gbps to increase data capacity by the end of the year, while an additional 4,000km of fibre-optic cable will be rolled out across Nigeria.