Telecoms News - In Brief

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- Etisalat Nigeria, the country’s fourth largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to spend over USD400 million on the expansion of its wireless network next year. Rollout of Etisalat’s 2G network will focus on unserved rural areas of the country, while 3G services will be expanded in urban centres. The cellco also aims to increase its active subscriber base from 14.39 million (as at end-September 2012) to around 20 million by the end of next year. Etisalat Nigeria, which is part-owned by United Arab Emirates incumbent Etisalat, has invested around USD2.4 billion since the cellco began operating in 2008.

-  President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou has launched the second phase of the rollout a fibre-optic network in Konni in the south of the country. The first stage, which was launched in September, saw the installation of a 300km fibre-optic line between Dosso and Konni, while the second phase will link Konni and Zinder over a distance of approximately 500km. Work is being carried out by Niger’s incumbent fixed line operator Sonitel . The government aims to increase nationwide broadband coverage from the 54% recorded in 2010 to 72% by 2015.