Zain Nigeria Expands With NSN

Has extended its contract with Nokia Siemens Networks to handle an additional 600km of its nationwide fiber backbone

July 23, 2009

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LAGOS, Nigeria -- Zain Nigeria, one of the biggest operations of the group in the Middle East & Africa region is set to grow its market share further. The operator will expand its existing fiber network to ensure superior quality and secure services to a growing subscriber base. On the heels of an immensely successful project to build a 4000 km nationwide fiber backbone network, Zain has extended its contract with Nokia Siemens Networks to handle implementation of the additional 600 km.

“Our aim is to create wide capacity for Nigeria’s growing number of customers demanding high quality broadband services by deploying self owned fiber,” said Zain Nigeria’s Chief Operating Officer, Khaled Khorshid. “Following the initial project with Nokia Siemens Networks that was completed four months ahead of schedule, we knew they had the high standards and commitment to meet our delivery expectations. The benefit of a quick deployment is the significant revenue stream the new capacity generates for us, in addition to high savings as a result of reduced fiber leasing costs, Khorshid said.”

The Nokia Siemens Networks’ Outside Plant Turnkey Solution for fixed networks offers a fast, cost-effective and efficient way to build a fiber optic network. It helps operators launch their network on time and on budget. With predictability as one of the key elements of a network roll-out, Nokia Siemens Networks ensures that all elements including project management, logistics and installation services are designed to optimize CAPEX and lower OPEX. In fact Zain has already profited from the efficient roll-out of Phase 1 resulting in savings of close to US $ 7 million.

“Our in-house expertise helped us accelerate the initial project resulting in significant commercial benefit to Zain Nigeria,” added Ahmed Othman, Head of Customer Business Team at Nokia Siemens Networks. “The additional fiber will allow Zain to maximize the quality and security of their network, putting them in a powerful position to emerge into Nigeria’s leading telecommunications service provider. Building upon an association that spans a decade, we are looking forward to propelling them to further new heights.”

Awarded the initial project in November 2007, at Zain’s request, Nokia Siemens Networks successfully sped up the project’s preliminary deadline of June 2009. Meeting all benchmarks on execution and quality, Nokia Siemens Networks completed Phase 1 of the project by end February. Post an internal audit that showed excellent feedback on the competence and delivery of the initial project, Zain chose to extend its contract with Nokia Siemens Networks for Phase 2.

Phase 2 will extend the fiber optic backbone by another 600 km and will be delivered completely within a timeframe of six months.

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