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MTN Nigeria in 100 Gbps fibre-build

MTN Nigeria in 100 Gbps fibre-build.

A 100 gigabit-per-second fibre optic network is being built in Nigeria for the MTN Group.

Connectivity company Alcatel-Lucent says it is building a 100G DWDM/OTN network for MTN Nigeria by using its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) system.

MTN plans on using the extra capacity to offer wholesale services to other providers in the region.

MTN says its network covers 88.8% of Nigeria's land mass, and that it plans deploying the 100G network while reusing existing 10G optical assets to preserve its past investments.

"MTN realised we needed to upgrade our network to meet customer expectations for ultra-broadband connectivity and high reliability within Nigeria's very competitive marketplace," says Lynda Saint-Nwafor, chief technical officer of MTN Nigeria, in a statement.

"We wanted a state of the art solution that met three main criteria: increased network reliability, a high degree of scalability to prepare the network for 400G and beyond, and preservation of our existing 10G investment," notes Saint-Nwafor.

MTN Nigeria is Africa's biggest mobile network with 58 million subscribers.


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