Globacom has become the latest Nigerian mobile operator to make public its desire to roll out 3G services, a month after rivals Nitel GSM (M-Tel) and MTN Nigeria declared ambitious launch plans of their own. Globacom has yet to release details of its 3G rollout plans, but believes it is well placed to introduce the technology following the strong take-up of its 2.5G GPRS services. The introduction of 3G is part of Globacom’s plans to become a full service telecoms provider, following its launch of corporate fixed line long-distance and broadband services last week. MTN Nigeria set the 3G ball rolling in July when it said it was confident of launching the country’s first UMTS mobile service, possibly as early as the first half of next year. The following week Nitel GSM announced ambitious plans of its own saying it would add an extra 1,500 base stations and upgrade its current GSM/GPRS infrastructure to W-CDMA within ‘the next few months’.
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