Ericsson has announced the signing of a five-year managed services agreement with MTN Nigeria, involving the management, optimisation and field maintenance of the operator’s infrastructure in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Asaba, which represents 75% of the network. ‘This engagement with Ericsson is a logical step forward in our strategy execution and is consistent with our commitment to deliver a bold new digital world to our customers across Nigeria,’ commented MTN Nigeria CEO Michael Ikpoki, adding: ‘Leaving the management and maintenance of our infrastructure to Ericsson will allow us to focus even more on adding value to the customer experience on our network. We consider this partnership a joint investment in the growth of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria and a great opportunity to strengthen ICT knowledge and specialisation locally.’ MTN will retain ownership and full control of its network assets and continue to have responsibility for strategic design and planning, as well as equipment purchasing decisions.
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