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Globacom awards US$500 million expansion contract to ZTE

Nigeria’s Globacom is reported to have awarded a US$500 million network upgrade contract to ZTE, just days after it handed a US$750 million contract to Huawei.

The ZTE contract is for works that are to be carried out in just four months.

Globacom’s group COO, Mohamed Jameel said that the expansion project will involve network upgrade and overhaul of infrastructure across the country as well as expansion and densification projects.

The TDM network will also be upgraded to a fully integrated Generalised Multi-protocol Label Switching (GMPLS).

Part of the upgrade will include installation of new base stations and densification of existing ones; setting up of three new mini call centres and upgrade of the radio access network.

The contract signing comes just after the mobile network secured a loan syndication agreement to fund network upgrades.

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