|Wireless: Nigeria: Etisalat Nigeria mobile subs reach 18m|
Etisalat Nigeria has announced that its mobile subscriber base has exceeded 18 million, around five years after the cellco launched commercial GSM services, WorldStage reports. The figure is up from the 17 million customers announced last month and the roughly 14.91 million reported at the end of 2012. ‘The swift and steady growth in our subscriber numbers is evidence of the acceptance we have enjoyed from our customers and the superior products and services we offer,’ noted Etisalat’s acting CEO Matthew Willsher, adding: ‘We are delighted to have been able to hit such a figure in just five years of commercial operations despite our position as the fifth entrant into the dynamic Nigerian telecoms market.’ Etisalat Nigeria is 40%-owned by United Arab Emirates (UAE) telecoms operator Etisalat, with 30% owned by UAE government investment vehicle Mubadala Development Company.
|Wireline: Mauritius: MT to deploy second fibre-optic cable|
|Monday, 21 September 2009 13:06|
Mauritius Telecom (MT), which has already connected to the South Africa Far East fibre-optic cable system to increase its international connectivity, has revealed its intention to lay a second cable, the company’s chief executive officer Sarat Lallah said last Friday. The investment for the Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION) fibre-optic cable is being supported by a consortium made up of Orange Madagascar, MT and France Telecom, Lallah said. For its part, the Mauritian fixed line incumbent has invested around EUR7 million in phase one of the project which is expected to cost a total of EUR37 million.
The CEO went on to say the second phase of the LION project will connect the cable with the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa where it will then be connected to the South Africa-East Africa-South Asia-Fibre Optic Cable (SEACOM), a 17,000km cable which reaches up to Marseilles in France. LION will also be connected to the 4,500km fibre-optic cable TEAMS (The East African Marine System), a Kenyan government partnership with the Emirates Telecommunication Establishment which links Mombasa to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. In the future LION is envisaged to be connected to the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), a 10,000km link which, once completed, will connect some 13 African countries, Lallah said.
|Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2009 13:09|
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