Nigeria

American Tower Corp buys Airtel’s Nigeria towers

American Tower Corp has announced it is toacquire Bharti Airtel’s Nigerian towers, marking the firm’s first entrance to the country’s market. Under the deal Airtel will however have a tenancy of the 4,800 towers for at least 10 years.

IHS to take over MTN Nigeria’s towers through joint venture

African tower management specialist IHS Holding (IHS) announced today it has agreed on principle on a joint venture to form a new towers company with operator MTN. Under the deal, which is expected to reduce MTN’s operational cost, boost network efficiency and expand its voice and data capacity, IHS will have full operational control of MTN’s 9,151 mobile network towers in Nigeria.

Etisalat sells Nigerian cell towers

The African telecoms market has long been a pioneer of cell tower sharing and outsourcing and on Friday operator group Etisalat voted in favour of the model with a proposal to sell 2,136 towers in Nigeria to regional tower management specialist IHS Holding.

MTN Nigeria signs managed services deal with Ericsson

African operator group MTN has signed a five-year managed services deal with Swedish kit vendor Ericsson relating to its Nigerian business. Ericsson will take full responsibility for MTN Nigeria’s network management, optimisation and field maintenance in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Asaba, which represents 75 per cent of the Nigerian network.

African LTE operator “could happily prioritise Skype traffic”

A greenfield LTE operator that has launched this year in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda would “happily prioritise Skype traffic” at the expense of standards-based voice services if that is what the market demanded, its chief operating officer has told Telecoms.com.

MTN to upgrade and expand 3G network in Nigeria

African operator group MTN has announced that it will upgrade and expand its 3G network in Nigeria. The operator has signed a contract with microwave network solutions provider Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL).

Nigeria’s ‘free phones for farmers’ plan reveals incoherence of rural strategy

In 4Q12, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced plans for a program under which free phones would be distributed to farmers. The news sparked controversy, an indicator of the extent to which many Nigerians have lost trust in government initiatives, though poor and fragmented communication from the government is also to blame.

Nigeria bans operator promotions

Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC) has banned all promotions carried out by mobile operators as well as lotteries being carried out on their networks. The Commission said that in recent times it has been inundated with complaints from consumers about promotions offered by the nation’s mobile operators.

Globacom brings LTE to Nigeria

Nigerian operator Globacom, which sells services under the Glo Mobile brand, this week launched the African continent’s first LTE network.

Nigeria approves sale of Nitel

The Nigerian government has approved the $2.5bn sale of a controlling stake in incumbent fixed line carrier Nitel to a consortium including China Unicom and Dubai investment group Minerva.

Gateway to bridge last mile in Nigeria

Pan-African network services firm Gateway Communications said Monday it is deploying a point to multipoint microwave network that will deliver last mile broadband connections across Nigeria.

Nigeria sets two-month deadline on Nitel privatisation

Nigeria’s government has set a 60-day deadline for the privatisation of the state-owned incumbent telco Nitel, including mobile operation M-Tel. The announcement came on Monday as the Nigerian vice-president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, appointed a new board to the company to oversee its stabilisation.

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