Nigerian telecoms operator Globacom is nearing completion of its USD1.25 billion network expansion and upgrade project, which began in April last year. Local newspaper Leadership reports that all of the company’s base transceiver stations (BTS) will be equipped with 3G technology as part of the programme, which is set to finish in the next few months. Globacom’s head of operations, Bisi Koleosho, said all of the operator’s equipment is being replaced with modern technology, adding that so far around 3,000 BTS have been upgraded to 3G, with a further 1,500 set to follow.

‘Within six months, all our sites will be on the data network,’ the company official said. ‘We have introduced bandwidth management and will roll out new products tailored to subscribers’ needs while leveraging on huge bandwidth from our Glo 1 fibre-optic cable. We are working on 1,500 sites that will go live within the next three months.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in April 2013 Globacom announced two large network expansion and modernisation contracts, together worth USD1.25 billion, in a bid to improve service quality. The first deal (worth USD750 million) was signed with Huawei to upgrade 2G and 3G BTS, mobile switching centres and microwave radio facilities.

It also includes the upgrade of the operator’s transport network from 10Gbps to 100Gbps to increase data capacity, while an additional 4,000km of fibre-optic cable will be rolled out across Nigeria. Just a few days later, another contract (worth USD500 million) was announced with ZTE, which involves the upgrade and overhaul of infrastructure, as well as expansion and densification projects that will enable the network to better cater for its existing and potential subscribers.