Celtel Nigeria has spent around NGN8.6 billion (USD69 million) on the expansion of its network over the last twelve months, the cellco told a press conference in the north west city of Kaduna. ‘We have completed the transmission backbone from the South West to the South East across the Niger Delta and work is progressing on the North to South backbone which will complete a ring across the country,’ said chief operating officer Lars Stork, adding that further improvements were planned. ‘We shall be rolling out 100 base stations per month across the six geopolitical zones of the country.’ Another officer said that the number of base stations in the north west region would be increased from 186 to 400, and four new base station controllers and three switching stations would also be built, all by the end of 2007. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Celtel Nigeria, a subsidiary of Kuwait’s MTC Group, ended 2006 with just under 6.4 million subscribers, placing it third behind MTN Nigeria and Glo Mobile.
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