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‘New NITEL’, NTEL hinges market rebound on SAT 3, 4G rollout, MD says

‘New NITEL’, NTEL hinges market rebound on SAT 3, 4G rollout, MD says
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Mr. Kamar Abass, Managing Director of NATCOM, the Nigerian consortium that acquired the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) says it is relaunching SAT-3, the undersea of the nation’s pioneer operator to tap broadband stakes in the country.
The SAT-3 rebound to be driven by NTEL, the new company formed from the NITEL acquisition, is part of a multi-pronged strategy by the Nigerian consortium to drive the new company as a key player in the telecoms industry.
With SAT-3, Abass says that the new NTEL will not only increase Internet bandwidth and penetration, but also boost transmission of broadband capacities from the shores of Nigeria into the hinterlands, where the company says it has spotted high demand.
The SAT-3 undersea fibre optic cable system built by a consortium of national telecoms operators across Africa and beyond was formerly owned by NITEL prior to its acquisition by NATCOM.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Mr. Kamar Abass, NTEL”]“There is no need to be contended with 3G any longer. We have the ability to give you fast Internet access not waiting till 2020, but as early as later this year. We are bringing in 4G and it will be the best broadband service available anywhere around the world.”[/blockquote]

Mr Osondu Nwokoro (left), Mr. Kamar Abass and other key officials of NTEL at the media event held Thursday in Lagos
Mr Osondu Nwokoro (left), Mr. Kamar Abass and other key officials of NTEL at the media event held Thursday in Lagos
Under the rebound plan for NITEL, Abass said in Lagos on Thursday that the SAT-3 cable will now offer Nigerians better and faster Internet services they have always craved for.
Under the plan, the new company’s brand, which will be marketed as Nigerian Telecommunications (NTEL) will also launch 4G Long Term Evolution Technology (LTE) services, the company’s MD says noting that the successor to NITEL will focus on mobile services from the outset.
Abass, a former Country Manager of Ericsson Nigeria says that NTEL’s promise to enable super fast broadband access is underlined by over $1.2 billion that the company is investing in efforts to launch a new telecoms company riding on the back of the dilapidated assets and connections NITEL/MTEL left behind.
“There is no need to be contended with 3G any longer. We have the ability to give you fast Internet access not waiting till 2020, but as early as later this year. We are bringing in 4G and it will be the best broadband service available anywhere around the world”, Abas told journalists at the media parley hosted by NTEL.
”The SAT3 submarine cable also boasts one of the lowest latency routes from Africa to Europe and is currently operated with full in-system protection. The doubling of its capacity positions it as the leading submarine cable with the widest reach in the world.”
According to him, ”SAT 3 has about 17 landing point in 15 countries, longest submarine cable and a total of 100Gb/s. It is a robust cable system. It is controlled by 35 member countries and NTEL has one of the highest share of the consortium.”
NTEL, he adds is also backing up the plan with the rollout of a data centre. ”Also we are building a Tier III data centre, meaning we are just allowed to have a downtime of not more than 24 minutes per year, meaning we have double layer of redundancy of every component that service the data centre.”
The NTEL MD also says that, users of 2G network in Nigeria are over 117 million and there will be sharp decrease by 2020 to about 27 million users. Also 3G networks have about 36 million users in Nigeria and by 2020, we would have about 141 million users and 4G has 400,000 users and by 2020 it will get to 54 million users.
‘This is the opportunity that NTEL intends to latch at in order to be the game changer by deploying a 4G network”, Abass adds.
“Nigeria is underperforming in relation to the amount of data that we consume and this is having impact on our GDP. It seems to me the evidence is compelling that when you don’t have as much throughput on data, it affects your productivity, which affects your wealth and affects your GDP and your investments.”
According to him, ”that vicious cycle needs to be reinforced. The way to do it is through high speed broadband and therefore here is our story. Our story is the pure play 4G network and it is simply a better technology and frankly it is better commercially too.
“The reality is that there are plenty of devices out there to do for 4G that provide 4G on voice and on data. Our objective is to be a pure 4G network, with high speed broadband and better technology. We see ourselves as offering Nigeria the key ingredient with the deployment of 4G.”
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