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In order to meet growing data needs, MTN Nigeria has inked a deal with Ericsson to deploy the vendor’s wireless packet core network technology. The Smart Services Router (SSR) 8020 platform allows operators to enhance mobile broadband. With approximately 120 million mobile subscriptions, Nigeria is the largest and one of the fastest growing telecoms market in Africa.



Data traffic growth in Nigeria was 100 percent last year and the demand for mobile broadband is not slowing down as Internet services are becoming increasingly essential for more and more facets of people's lives. MTN hosts over 42 million of those subscribers. The SSR has a backplane capacity of up to 16 Tbps.


The router will support the current 2G, 3G, and Wi-Fi networks of MTN Nigeria, as well be able to support future upgrades to LTE. The ability to support all the different types of access networks brings cost savings to operators because fewer nodes with high scalability can efficiently handle the network bandwidth growth.

The EPG (Evolved Packet Gateway) application has the capabilities to support 2G, 3G and 4G and the rapid increase in demand for IP data services. This deal also includes deployment of the end-to-end quality of service solution. Lynda Saint-Nwafor, CTO of MTN Nigeria, says: "Deploying this platform will make our network efficient and scalable to cater for the growing data demands of our subscribers." 


Ericsson will provide turnkey services including installation, integration and commissioning of the new SSR 8020 platform as well as support services. MTN will deploy the evolved packet gateway on SSR 8020 by the end of 2012.


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