Motorola has received orders valued at USD70 million from Celtel Nigeria, part of Kuwait’s Zain Group, to further extend and enhance the operator’s GSM coverage in southern Nigeria. This deal follows a USD50 million expansion contract struck between the two companies in February. ‘We are delighted to continue working with Celtel and to support their rapid growth with the latest Motorola GSM…services. This…will expand and enhance the…cellular network with EDGE capability for the rapid provision of advanced data services to its growing customer base,’ said Motorola spokesman Ali Amer. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Celtel ended the first half of 2007 with just under eight million subscribers, giving it a 25% market share.
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