One of the Nigeriaâ€™s leading infrastructure sharing, co_locationÂ and managed servicesÂ provider, Helios Towers has signedÂ 200 sites co_location dealÂ withÂ Megatech Networks, a kano based CDMA operator for a nationwide network roll out.
The Chief Executive Officer of HTL,Â Fazal Hussain ,Â while addressing the West and Central Africa Telecom conferenceÂ delegates recently at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, where he spoke on â€˜â€™Examining the benefits of infrastructure sharing and how to apply it successfullyâ€ statedÂ the readiness of Helios Towers to partnerÂ with wireless operators in massive network expansion.
Hussain who has been preaching benefits of co-locationÂ assuredÂ the audience that Helios Towers has got financial capacity to support expansion of its operation in Nigeria.
He told the delegates that infrastructure sharing provides practical means to improving a countryâ€™s competitive landscape while providing enormous opportunity to bridge the digital divide in under_developed countries especially in their far flung areas which are traditionally characterized by huge fixed, sunk and irreversible investment, often making telecommunications infrastructure investment a high risk undertaking.
HeÂ said that sharing of existing or new sites infrastructure can promote economic efficiency, make market entrants able to compete effectively against existing infrastructure owners, offering 3G or competing broadband or mobile services and can reduce infrastructure cost and consequently the up-front investment burden.
Helios Towers makes operators more successful by providing fully managed tower sites on a lease basis, reducing capital requirement and expediting their rollout.
Helios has over 1000 sites nationwide and will provide end_to_end co_location services to Megatech including maintenance, managed services, and so on.
HTN commenced commercial operations in 2006 and has demonstrated its ability to operate and competeÂ Â successfully in Nigeria. It has quickly become the leading shared infrastructure provider and the reference point for quality of service in the industry andÂ is well positioned to remain the dominant provider of co_locationÂ Â Â Â Â Â infrastructure services in Nigeria, while adapting its business models to the specific requirements of the Nigerian environment.
Similarly, Megatech networks commenced operations as a fixed wireless telephony and data operator on the 3.5GHz in June 2002Â and has completedÂ equipment installation and integration forÂ commercial deploymentÂ of CDMAÂ Network with expected capacity of 500,000.
Megatech networks has currently installed the needed infrastructure to support effective roll_out of services on all the acquired frequencies, Such infrastructure include; the extensiveÂ Â thatÂ structure will enable the provision of Next Generation CDMA voice solution with full bouquet of mobile services, A Kano State wide Wimax network on 806. 16e protocols targeted at the high speed mobile dataÂ Â Â customers and an extensive microwave transmission link based on the reliable and highly successful split_mount architecture.
Megatech networks , one ofÂ the pioneer private Telephone operators in Nigeria and has 3.5 GHz frequency for the provision of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Voice and Data Telephony Services, 5.8 GHz operational licenses for full mobile broadband solution andÂ 2 carrier 800MHz spectrum licenses for NGN CDMA deployment in 19 states of Northern Nigeria including the federal capital territory Abuja andÂ National Unified Access License.
Megatech Networks hopes to continuously explore other licenses and operational spectrums acquisitions possibilities as a growth strategy, maintainÂ Â Â Â good cooperation with regulated authorities, and remain afloat with industry updates, tap from world class operatorsâ€™ experiences and continually seek to further grow its business and entrench itself as a veritable force in the telecommunications marketplace.