Etisalat Nigeria has signed $118 million dollar contract with Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited and Huawei International Pte Limited for roll out of the the company’s nationwide network. This will surely expand Etisalat national coverage and upgrade its network infrastructure. The goal is to improve services and make the communication experience for the subscribers better. It will help enhance the reputation of Etisalat as a top-notch provider of excellent data and audio services.
Huawei has emerged as a leading global telecommunication solutions provider. It continues to challenge Cisco in the latter’s core business areas which among others include telecom network infrastructure, application, software, devices and professional services. Its products and solutions have been deployed in over 100 countries and have served 45 of the world’s top 50 telecom operators, as well as one third of the world’s population.
Speaking with news men on the contract, Steven Evans, the CEO noted that it was all about QOS (quality of service) improvement to their beloved subscribers.
”This contract is for the complete Implementation of our Public Mobile Cellular Services which will drive the expansion of services as well roll-out our 3G network and also strengthen our network capability,” he said. “We choose to partner with Huawei because of their comprehensive experience in wireless and IP technologies and their expertise in telecom network infrastructure.”
His Huawei Technologies Nigeria, Hover Gao, managing director, stated that his company was very excited for the opportunity to serve leading company like Etisalat. “This partnership is part of our strategy to increase our growth and create a sustainable relationship in Nigeria,” he said.
Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (EMTS), trading as Etisalat, is a Nigerian company duly incorporated under the laws of Nigeria in partnership with Mubadala Development Company and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates. Incorporated in Nigeria as a private company, it acquired the Unified Access License from the Federal Government in January 2007. The license includes a mobile license and spectrum in the GSM 1800 and 900 MHz bands. Etisalat acquired a 40% stake in EMTS and is now the operator of the Unified Access License.