By Greg Wilson
Nigerian operator, Multi-Links has upgraded its wireless network to support its growing volume of subscribers and new data services.
Nigerian operator Multi-Links Telecommunications, has upgraded its wireless network to support its growing volume of subscribers and next generation data services. Multi-Links has deployed Nortel’s CDMA2000 1X Wireless Data Network to enable high speed wireless data and internet services, such as mobile browsing and e-mail with attachments.“Our new next generation network will enable us to offer the highest quality services to our voice subscribers, as well as create opportunities for Nigerians to enjoy a new kind of Internet experience,” says C. K. Ramani, chief executive officer, Multi-Links. “Today's launch is truly an historic event. Our entry into next generation networks will forever change the way Nigerians communicate and interact with each other,” he adds.According to statistics from Pyramid Research, less than 2% of Nigeria’s population of 130 million people has access to fixed telephone lines, making wireless networks economical alternative to proliferate telecoms services. The introduction of mobile internet services will in all likelihood provide many Nigerians with their initial web experience.The project to install the CDMA2000 1X platform has been going on since June 2002, when Nortel and Multi-Links signed a supply agreement. The wireless network also offered greater network efficiency, that will help the operator to reduce operating costs and enable data speeds of 150 K/bits/s per sec.“Multi-Links is a perfect example of the benefits wireless can bring to markets like Africa, where low fixed line density and challenges in meeting busy hour call demand make wireless a very attractive solution,” comments David Balducci, vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Nortel Networks. “Nortel Networks CDMA2000 1X Univity* solutions have positioned Multi-Links to offer more sophisticated voice services, and to drive new revenues through data services,” he adds.Products from Nortel Networks Univity Wireless Data Network portfolio deployed for Multi-Links include Univity CDMA Metro Cell radio base station (BTS), Univity CDMA Base Station Controller (BSC) and Univity CDMA Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) equipment.