Airtel Nigeria plans to increase the total length of its fibre-optic transmission network by 2,000km to 6,000km in a bid to improve the quality of its services, local newspaper Leadership cites the company’s managing director and CEO, Rajan Swaroop, as saying. The executive added that since Bharti Airtel acquired the Nigerian cellco in 2010, the Indian telecoms group has doubled network capacity of the unit. According to the latest figures from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Airtel Nigeria had a total of 19.82 million subscribers at the end of June 2012, making it the country’s third largest cellco behind South Africa’s MTN Nigeria (43.18 million) and locally-owned Globacom (21.98 million), and ahead of fourth-placed Etisalat of the UAE (13.06 million).
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