MTN chooses Etisalat’s SmartHub for service expansion

South Africa-based telco MTN Group has chosen UAE-based telco Etisalat’s SmartHub offering to extend its data network capabilities. MTN, which operates across a number of African, European and Middle Eastern countries, will use Etisalat’s SmartHub facility at Fujairah CLS to deliver content, IPX, IX and high-speed data services for its customers in the UAE and across the region. The partnership will also enable MTN to connect its Middle East customer base via a new route to Europe.

“We are delighted to have such a prestigious telecom group as MTN join the SmartHub community of operators and content providers. SmartHub is designed to provide our partners with a one stop shop for connectivity to the region,” said Ali Amiri, executive vice-president, carrier and wholesale services, Etisalat. “This partnership with MTN Group showcases the importance of the SmartHub as well as puts UAE in the limelight as the regional hub for telecom services. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship and enhancing customer experience.”

MTN has recently been making a number of network upgrades. Last week the company signed a contract with microwave network solutions provider Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) to upgrade and expand its 3G network in Nigeria, installing and commissioning backhaul equipment to improve the quality of services for MTN Nigeria.

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