MTN, Ericsson seal deal for network upgrade in Nigeria, S’Africa

MTN Group has signed a deal with global technology firm, Ericsson, to upgrade the core network in South Africa and Nigeria

According to the telco, building on existing partnerships for cloud-native core network deployment with Ericsson in both countries, the modernisation would ensure the readiness of MTN Nigeria’s and MTN South Africa’s network infrastructure to enable 5G standalone in the future.

The mobile operator disclosed in a statement that the initiative aligned with MTN Group’s principles and objectives outlined in the MTN Unified Cloud Acceleration framework, spanning five years.

The Chief Technology and Information Officer of MTN Group, Mazen Mroué, said, “We are embarking on a strategic transformation programme to modernise and upgrade our core network infrastructure, signifying a commitment to enhancing network performance and efficiency in respective markets.

“This collaboration is a key milestone for our Ambition 2025 to set new benchmarks in connectivity excellence, leveraging cutting-edge technologies to deliver superior customer experiences and innovation.”

The Chief Technical Officer of MTN Nigeria, Mohammed Rufai, disclosed that the modernisation efforts in Nigeria aligned with national broadband goals and MTN’s strategic objectives.

“The network upgrade is geared towards enhancing our core network. When completed, it will further accelerate broadband penetration in alignment with the Federal Government’s broadband plan.

“This expansion is also in line with our strategic priorities – building the largest and most valuable platforms, driving industry-leading connectivity operations, creating shared value, and accelerating portfolio transformation,” he declared.

The Chief Technology Officer of MTN South Africa, Rami Farah, said Ericsson had been MTN SA’s network infrastructure partner for several years.

The CTO remarked that the new partnership was an extension of what had been achieved by both parties over the years.

“The partnership will enable MTN SA to modernise further and upgrade the core mobile network in line with MTN Group Unified Cloud Acceleration principles and objectives which will ensure the readiness of our network infrastructure to support the strong data growth and enable 5G standalone in the future,” he declared.

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