3G NETWORK LAUNCH WITH AVIAT
Zain Nigeria is a major mobile service provider in Nigeria, with 15 million customersin 1500 towns and 14,000 communities. Zain Nigeria’s global-level services includevoice, text, and data; emergency support; and superior customer service.They were the first commercial GSM provider in Nigeria launched in 2001. Previouslyknown as Celtel, they rebranded in 2008 as Zain Nigeria. Today, Zain’s goal is tomake telecommunications services available, accessible and affordable to allNigerians.
EXPANDING 3G SERVICES
In 2007, Zain realized that their existing nationwide network did not have the requiredcapacity for their planned expansion into 3G services. They needed to upgrade theirnetwork to increase data capacity.Zain’s network in Nigeria had been implemented using Aviat Networks TRuepoint(4000 and 5000) access radios with MegaStar radio backbone links for Tellabs ADMs.After exploring their options, Zain wanted to continue their positive relationship withAviat Networks.Zain chose to update their network with two of the most advanced radios on themarket: the latest generation of TRuepoint, the 6500, and Ethernet-enabled Eclipse..
Zain Nigeria, a major mobile services provider, needed to upgrade anexisting mobile network backbone and access links to increase ThirdGeneration (3G) data services for their expanding subscriber base.
“Our relationship with Zainis based on mutualesteem.”
Territory ManagerAviat Networks
Aviat Networks provided the solution technology; 180 backbone hopswill upgrade to TRuepoint
6500, and 320 access links to Ethernet-enabled Eclipse.