GSM expands in Nigeria

Motorola’s Global Telecom Solutions Sector has been awarded an expansion contract worth an estimated $98 million from Econet Wireless Nigeria to upgrade its GSM network.

Motorola’s Global Telecom Solutions Sector (GTSS) has been awarded an expansion contract worth an estimated $98 million from Econet Wireless Nigeria to upgrade its nationwide Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications network.

Launched just last summer, the network already has attracted 450,000 subscribers. Installation of the network upgrade, that includes Motorola’s Horizon series base stations, is scheduled to begin in August 2002.

When the turnkey solution upgrade is completed, the system will have a capacity of up to 1 million subscribers.

This is Motorola’s second contract with Econet. Last year Motorola successfully bid for a contract worth an estimated $57 million to provide the initial GSM network for Econet in the populous northern region of Nigeria where it first launched commercial service.

Motorola currently is completing the phase one implementation of that system.