MTN and Mafab Communications to roll out 5G from August

10 June 2022

Following the auction by the Nigerian Telecom regulator in December last year of high speed telecoms spectrum, roll out by operators of 5G is now set to commence in August.

Nigeria will soon join Kenya, South Africa and Lesotho in the limited number of countries that have deployed the next-generation technology.

MTN Nigeria Plc and Mafab Communications ltd, which emerged as winners of the latest telecoms spectrum auction, are expected to begin the rollout of 5G services from August 24. This was stated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) May 4, when it handed over the final letters of award for the 5G spectrum licenses to the two operators.

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Intelsat picks Gilat for DRC rollout

11 May 2022

Integrated terrestrial and satellite network operator Intelsat has selected Israel’s Gilat in a “multi-million dollar deal” to deploy satellite cellular backhaul for an unnamed telecom company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Although the names financial details of the deal remain undisclosed, the country has four main telcos — Africell, Airtel, Orange and Vodacom.

The implementation brings mobile services to deep rural sites in the DRC, the companies said.

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NuRAN Wireless and MTN finalise agreement to deploy 150 new telecom sites in Namibia

10 May 2022

MTN Namibia and Canadian telecom infrastructure provider NuRAN Wireless finalised an agreement signed in February for the deployment of a minimum of 150 telecom sites (2G, 4G and 2G/4G combined) in Namibia.

The 10-year agreement aims to provide mobile connectivity solutions through NuRAN’s Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) model, in a bid to expand the operator’s network presence in rural and suburban areas of the country.

The agreement is estimated to represent approximately US$60m in revenue over the life of the contract, assuming the 150 sites are completed. Under the terms of the agreement, the number of sites may be increased and will fluctuate as the project progresses. This will depend on factors such as penetration rate, average revenue per user (ARPU) and network charges that will be refined.

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CTL selects Curvalux to improve broadband connectivity in Lagos

08 April 2022

Curvalux, a developer of next generation wireless broadband solutions, has signed a deal with Communication Trend Limited (CTL) to conduct a commercial pilot of the Curvalux system to deliver affordable high-speed broadband access to Lagos, Nigeria.

The agreement will see Curvalux’s fixed wireless access (FWA) technology deployed in Lagos to provide significantly improved broadband connectivity to residents and businesses in the city. CTL will install Curvalux’s Edge Node antennas across an area of the city and evaluate broadband coverage and performance during a four-week evaluation period. Once the service becomes commercially available, CTL customers will be able to subscribe to a standalone broadband access service or combine it with a TV package ‘at significantly reduced costs compared with other access solutions.

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