Suburban Telecom Limited, a provider of telecommunications carrier services in Nigeria has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Huawei Technologies of China for the supply of Suburban's national optic backbone networking solutions, equipment and services.Suburban has also appointed ATC Pty Limited of South Africa to supply it with 3,500 kilometres of optic fibre cable and accessories. The corrugated steel tape armoured optical fibre cable is designed for long haul direct burial applications and is meant to protect the optical fibres from any harmful environmental effects.

A statement by Ms. Ijeoma Nwogwugwu, General Manager Communications Suburban Telecom Limited also pointed out that the company is in the process of constructing and deploying a nationwide fibre optic network under a three-phased approach that will see priority links connecting major cities, secondary population centres in between and extensions to include other cities.

Under the first phase of the project to be executed by Huawei the cities to be covered are Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Benin, Makurdi, Enugu, Onitsha and Port Harcourt.Huawei will be required to implement a backbone networking solution that will enhance Suburban's existing network infrastructure, increase its services portfolio and integrate the services and capabilities offered by the DWDM and SDH systems.

The multi-service optical network will enable Suburban provide enhanced transmission capacity capable of carrying voice, video and data services for GSM operators, fixed line and wireless operators, large corporate businesses with multiple branch networks and other enterprises.

Suburban intends to integrate the fibre backbone with its Network Management System (NMS), which will include a customer interface. The NMS will also monitor, configure and operate the network and each of the network elements.

Huawei was selected following a competitive tender that saw the Chinese firm emerge with the best backbone optical networking solution for the deployment of Suburban's nationwide fibre optic network in the country.

The Chinese firm has established itself as a global player in the telecommunications industry and is renowned for developing innovative customised solutions for telecom companies in developing environments. Since the introduction of GSM telephony in the Nigerian market, Huawei has won and successfully implemented several and diverse telecommunication projects for operators in the sector.Suburban Telecom selected Huawei for the execution of its fibre optic network, not only for its track record, but also for its speed in deployment and cost effectiveness.

Suburban was licensed as long distance national carrier by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in 2001. Ever since the firm commenced operations, it has constructed a highly regarded satellite-based transmission network providing wholesale transport services to telecom operators in the country. Its clientele base includes all the GSM operators in Nigeria, fixed wireless carriers and PTOs.