Zain Nigeria today signed a multimillion dollar deal with Motorola to expand its coverage, capacity and improve the service quality of its existing GSM network. The project aims to expand coverage of mobile services to rural Nigeria.
Zain Nigeria partnered with the Home & Networks Mobility business of Motorola to expand its network and perform software upgrades in order to access previously disadvantaged areas in Nigeria that do not have access to mobile coverage.
“This expansion to rural areas throughout the country will have a positive impact on the economic and social well-being of these communities”, said Alain Sainte-Marie, CEO Zain Nigeria.
The expansion project is due to be completed in early 2010, following improvements on the existing GSM network, previously deployed by Motorola for Zain Nigeria.
“The increased network capacity being deployed will advance the way people connect and will positively impact Zain’s future telecommunications offering in Nigeria”, added Raphael Udeogu, director of sales for Central and Sub Saharan Africa, Home & Networks Mobility, Motorola.
Zain and Motorola have existing agreements in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Jordan for several different technologies and service functions.
Zain Group is one of the leading telecom operators across the Middle East and Africa, providing mobile voice and data services to over 70 million active customers, with a commercial presence in 23 countries.
In 2000, Zain was established in Nigeria by a group of institutional and private investors. One year later, the company launched the first commercial GSM service in Nigeria.
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