Airtel Nigeria, the local unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has launched a Dual Carrier HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) network, which supports mobile broadband services at download speeds of up to 42Mbps. Nigerian newspaper Vanguard cites the cellco’s chief executive officer and managing director, Rajan Swaroop, as saying that the new network is available in parts of all 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. Airtel Nigeria is the country’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers, with a total of 18.03 million customers at the end of 2011 (corresponding to a market share of 18.9%), according to the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) latest statistics, behind market leader MTN Nigeria (43.8%) and second-placed Globacom (20.9%).
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