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Globacom extends infrastructure deal with Alcatel-Lucent

Vendor to expand mobile and fixed network capacity

Alcatel-Lucent announced today it will work to extend the network capacity and performance of Globacom's fixed and mobile networks.

The Nigerian operator is looking to deliver advanced mobile and triple-play services, while improving its quality of service, as it makes an IP transformation of its network. Globacom hopes to increase its network capacity, which includes GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA/HSPA technologies, to support up to 35 million subscribers. The expansion covers radio access, Mobile NGN core network and microwave transmission, IP/MPLS and optical networking, fixed access networks, intelligent networks and value-added services.

"We are committed to offer our nation an unparalleled user experience through the use of first class telecommunication products and solutions,"said Dr Mike Adenuga, chairman, Globacom. "Delivering the highest quality services to end-users is our top priority. With Alcatel-Lucent's advanced mobile and fixed network solutions, we will increase our network capacity and provide the best services to meet the rapidly increasing demand from our customers."

Vincenzo Nesci, president of Alcatel-Lucent's operations in the Middle East and Africa, added: "The new agreement with Globacom further confirms Alcatel-Lucent as the key trusted partner of Globacom in its expansion and network transformation. Our comprehensive converged solutions are helping Globacom offer advanced, high-quality services to their customers and support their strategy."

The news comes months after Globacom narrowly avoided being fined by the Nigerian Communications Commission for service outages and network congestion. Celtel and MTN Nigeria were ordered by the regulator to pay out compensation to its mobile customers in the form of free air-time credit.

Nigeria, being the most populous country in Africa, is often touted as the most significant market in the sub-Saharan region, with considerable investment opportunities for regional telcos.