Chinese equipment and network solutions provider ZTE Corporation has signed a contract with MTN Nigeria, a subsidiary of South Africa’s MTN Group, to expand and modernise the operator’s GSM/UMTS networks. As part of the agreement, ZTE will help MTN Nigeria upgrade and extend its mobile network in two of the country’s regions (including eight states) by providing its SDR-based Uni-RAN solution. ‘ZTE will provide a seamless cutting-edge network solution to MTN,’ said ZTE vice president Xu Ming, adding: ‘The company will continue to strive to improve the quality of the Nigerian network.’ MTN Nigeria is the country’s largest wireless operator by subscribers, with a total customer base of 41.64 million at the end of 2011, corresponding to a market share of 43.8%, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.
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