MANHASSET, N.Y. Alcatel has signed a $685 million contract with Globacom, Nigeria's second national operator, to deploy the latest mobile and fixed multimedia services.
The contract strengthens Alcatel's long-standing strategic cooperation with Globacom, while enabling Globacom to reinforce its position in the Nigerian telecom market.
Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel (Paris, France) will expand Globacom's national mobile network capacity from its current 2.5 million subscribers to 10 million by the end of 2005. This covers the Alcatel multi-standard Evolium radio access and core network solutions as well as transmission solutions.
The contract also includes the deployment of a new multi-service IP (MSIP) network using data-aware optical technology, which will enable Globacom to pioneer Triple Play (voice video, data) services in Africa. Based on the scalability and reliability of the MSIP network, Globacom will offer voice and symmetric DSL services to a wider number of business and residential clients, as well as deliver new high-speed Internet access and broadband multimedia services such as Video-on Demand, videoconferencing and broadcast TV.