Ericsson expands Airtel Nigeria's mobile broadbandStaff writer ▼ | May 19, 2016
In the second half of 2015, Nigeria was among the top five countries worldwide in terms of mobile subscription additions, and Nigerian businesses are increasingly adopting mobile-first strategies.
Communications Nigerian businesses are adopting mobile-first strategies
To address this growing demand and increase access to affordable mobile broadband Internet service, Airtel Nigeria and Ericsson are rolling out the Ericsson Radio System in sites across the country.
Ericsson Radio System's multi-standard platform enables Airtel Nigeria to cost-effectively leverage the reach, maturity and increasing affordability of today's 3G technology, while laying the foundation for their 4G and 5G evolution.
The network-wide solution incorporates a broad range of products including: radio, baseband, small cells, backhaul, fronthaul, enclosures, power site equipment and the controller. These products are augmented through twice-yearly network software updates, and through Ericsson Global Services offerings.
By 2021, it is forecast that more than 90% of the world's population will be covered by mobile broadband networks.
Meanwhile, cost points for entry-level cellular devices reduced by 85% over the last ten years. This increasing device affordability addresses the major barrier to entry and is achieved through the global economies of scale enabled by cellular standards. ■