Wireless communications equipment manufacturer Motorola has signed a $70m contract with mobile service provider Celtel Nigeria to expand its GSM coverage in the southern part of the country.
Motorola said that it will deploy the Reach GSM solutions, including Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) capability for mobile data. It will also offer network expansion planning, integration, support and optimization services to Celtel.
This network expansion, which is part of Celtel’s comprehensive network expansion strategy, will expand and enhance the operator’s cellular network with EDGE capability for the rapid provision of advanced data services to its growing customer base, said Ali Amer, vice president sales of home and networks mobility, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan at Motorola.
Earlier this year, Motorola also received a $50m contract from Celtel Nigeria to expand its GSM network within the south east and south south regions of the country. According to Motorola, a portion of revenues on these orders was recognized in 2007.
Celtel Group is one of the largest mobile operators in Africa with operations in 15 countries. As part of its expansion strategy, the group introduced the ‘One Network’, which is thought to be the first borderless mobile network connecting 400 million people across 12 African countries. The network offers calls at local rates across 12 countries throughout the continent.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates