Zain and Nokia Siemens – Nigeria
Zain has extended its contract with Nokia Siemens Networks to handle implementation of the additional 600 km on its existing fiber network. "Our aim is to create wide capacity for Nigeria's growing number of customers demanding high quality broadband services by deploying self owned fiber," said Zain Nigeria's Chief Operating Officer, Khaled Khorshid. "Following the initial project with Nokia Siemens Networks that was completed four months ahead of schedule, we knew they had the high standards and commitment to meet our delivery expectations. The benefit of a quick deployment is the significant revenue stream the new capacity generates for us, in addition to high savings as a result of reduced fiber leasing costs." Khorshid said.
Econet Wireless and Ericsson - Zimbabwe
Ericsson has signed a three-year deal with Econet Wireless Zimbabwe enabling the mobile operator to expand its network with the initial aim of reaching five million subscribers by the end of next year. Econet said that it was currently selling around 30,000 new mobile lines per week, and added that by 2011 its network would cover the country in its entirety.
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