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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Helios signs on Exxon Mobil, Mobitel

Telecommunications infrastructure provider, Helios Towers has signed on Exxon Mobil and revalidated Mobitel Limited. While Exxon Mobil would enjoy supplying of sites from Helios Towers, Mobitel would be offered end-to-end co-location services.

Chief executive of Helios Towers Nigeria Limited, Mr. Fazal Hussain was quoted in a press statement made available to ITRealms Online by the head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Mr. Myke Ofili, as saying that his firm agreement with Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited is for the use of HTN’s sites for its T.E.T.R.A (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) network nationwide.

“The agreement will see Helios Towers supplying Exxon Mobil with sites from its over 1,000 ready for installation fully managed sites nationwide,” he said, noting that Exxon Mobil Corporation is the world’s premier petroleum and petrochemical company with presence in nearly 200 countries and territories globally.

He pointed out that HTN Limited established in 2005, has the license to provide operators in Nigeria with an economically viable and environmentally friendlier outsourced alternative to in-house construction, maintenance and ownership of telecommunication tower sites.

HTN, he also said, builds and maintains a network of telecommunications towers, and leases space on the towers to multiple GSM, fixed wireless and other providers of wireless services on lease basis.

According to him, Helios clinched the contract after successfully undergoing the rigorous international standards and processes of Exxon Mobil.

“Obviously, a test and eventually a testimony to the high standards and quality of Helios Towers’ process and services,” he said.

Hussain further said that HTN’s entry into Nigeria is reshaping the Nigerian telecommunications market, noting that hitherto, wireless telecommunications towers in Nigeria were built, owned and maintained by carriers as a component of their wireless networks.

“Over the past three years, a number of factors have combined to drive the growth in demand for outsourced, collocation tower sharing services. The main one being Helios 99.99 per cent uptime backed by Service Level Agreement (SLA),” he said.

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