Zain Nigeria receives mobile networking solution from Huawei


Zain Nigeria and Huawei, today announced the deployment of a next-generation blade mobile softswitch in Nigeria, that will see improved operation capacity for the Nigerian telecom operator, supporting up to 12 million subscribers.

Huawei’s next-generation blade mobile softswitch is able to serve 8 million customers in Nigeria, helping Zain Nigeria to lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), improve the operation capability based on All-IP network and advanced MSC Pool technology.

The project addresses high-performance, high-reliability and cost-efficient mobile solutions, offering the operator ability to reduce 60% of equipment room and save about 65% power consumption.

“Huawei’s solution will help us advance network efficiency, reduce operation cost, and provide better services to the rapidly growing customer base”, said Alain Sainte-Marie, CEO of Zain Nigeria.

Huawei blade mobile softswitch provides a maximum capacity of 12 million subscribers, while effectively controlling the TCO and providing real-time monitoring, fault location and automatic recovery features.

“This is the first time for application of the solution in West Africa market. The co-operation will help Zain Nigeria in realizing the ALL-IP transformation and forming the capability in software-based network deployment, smart network O&M, network resource sharing”, added Mr. Jin Huang, Vice President of Huawei core network product line.

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 services in Nigeria.

In May 2006, Zain Group acquired a majority stake in the company and on August 2008, it was rebranded as Zain Nigeria as part of the global vision. The operator currently covers over 1.200 towns and 11.500 communities in the country.

Zain Group is one of the leading telecommunications operator 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.