Airtel Nigeria, a leading telecoms operator, has announced a partnership with Swedish multinational telecommunication company, Ericsson to increase access to affordable mobile broadband Internet service in the country.
The partnership will see Ericsson roll out its award-winning Ericsson Radio System (ERS) in sites across the country. ERS’s multi-standard platform will enable Airtel Nigeria to cost-effectively leverage the reach, maturity and increasing affordability of today’s 3G technology, while laying the foundation for their 4G and 5G evolution.
Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Ahmed Mokhles said, “Mobile broadband access is really a prerequisite to achieving our key objective of enriching the lives and empowering the people of Nigeria to benefit both consumers and industry,”
He added, “Ericsson Radio System provides the performance and efficiency to support this objective while also ensuring a future-proof evolution as Nigeria continues to establish itself as a progressive and innovative ICT-driven country.”
The network-wide solution incorporates a broad range of products including: radio, baseband, small cells, backhaul, fronthaul, enclosures, power site equipment and the controller.
These products are augmented through twice-yearly network software updates, and through Ericsson Global Services offerings.
“Airtel Nigeria and their customers are directly benefiting from the performance and efficiency innovations designed in to the Ericsson Radio System – network-wise, its future-proof multi-standard platform ensures a smooth evolution, while its compact, modular design reduces operating costs enabling Airtel Nigeria to offer more affordable mobile broadband access today,” said Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson.
In the second half of 2015, Nigeria was among the top five countries worldwide in terms of mobile subscription additions, and Nigerian businesses are increasingly adopting mobile-first strategies.
In fact, 83 percent of mobile phone subscribers in Nigeria rely solely on their mobile device for their internet connectivity
Through this partnership with Ericsson, Airtel Nigeria will address this growing demand and increase access to affordable mobile broadband Internet service to its customers across Nigeria.