Nigerian cellco Glo Mobile, the wireless arm of second national operator Globacom, has successfully launched commercial 3G services in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. The infrastructure, supplied by French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent, features UMTS/HSPA radio access and core networking equipment, and IMS-ready next-generation architecture, and is the first operational 3G network in the country. It was supplied under a USD600 million contract signed between Globacom and Alca-Lu in February 2007, which also included the installation of 300,000 fixed lines covering 13 Nigerian cities, and expansion of Glo’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE network capacity to 35 million users.
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