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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

MTN set to unveil new fibre optic network in FCT

Remmy Nweke

PLANS have been concluded by leading Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), MTN Nigeria to unveil its newly completed Fibre Optic network in the nation’s federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja, Thursday.

This, the operator said, was encouraged by the spirit to redefine service delivery in the nation’s telecommunication sector.

ITRealms Online gathered that the event would see to the commissioning of both the first and the second phases of MTN’s ultra-modern Fibre Optic Transmission Network (FOTN) across 2,500km nationwide.

Disclosing this in a press statement made available to ITRealms Online, the Chief executive of MTN Nigeria, Mr Ahmad Farroukh, said that the event slated to hold at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, will cover over 3,500 kilometres on completion.

“The new fibre optics network on full completion will cover over 3,500 km, spanning the length and breadth of the country and will ensure a dramatic improvement of quality of service, he explained.

Also Mr. Farroukh noted that the new project has the ability to fast-forward the growth of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) among other economic values accruing to the nation for such an investment.

MTN Nigeria boss further said that an estimated 2,500 kilometres of the project has been completed.

“The first two phases of the fibre optic transmission network, which brings the total fibre connectivity up to 2,500 kilometres, has been successfully completed,” he declared.

Equally, he said, the commissioning of the project along with many other initiatives from the company demonstrates MTN’s commitment to Nigeria’s socio-economic development and to “moving its customers ahead…everywhere you go.”

The complete Fibre Optic ring cut across Lagos-Benin-Asaba-Port Harcourt-Enugu-Abuja-Ibadan-Lagos has been completed and is already carrying live traffic.

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