Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dangote partners Huawei for National Fibre Optic Network in Nigeria

Dancom Technologies (“Dancom”), a subsidiary company of Dangote Group and Huawei Technologies (“Huawei”), a leading next generation telecommunication solutions provider, have concluded an agreement for Huawei to build a national Fibre Optic Network, the first part of which will cover the Eastern region of the country.
Huawei will provide an end-to-end solution for Dancom, including equipment, maintenances, managed services, and so on.
The agreement is in line with government’s effort at encouraging a robust national telecommunication superhighway infrastructure. President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote and David Xie, president of Huawei West Africa Region, attended the signing ceremony on April 27. The agreement indicates the beginning of long-term cooperation between Dancom and Huawei in the area of full telecommunications planning, network rollout and managed services.
Aliko Dangote summarised Dancom’s decision thus, “Our intention is to build Nigeria’s ‘Information Highway’ by cooperating with Huawei. I am glad
that Huawei will provide Dancom with the most advanced technologies including NG-DWDM (Next Generation Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexer) with 40G Capacity per lambda, ASON (Automatic Switched Optical Network) to avoid multi fibre cuts and enhance the network security ability up to 99.99 percent.
“The Fibre Optic Network will be used to provide voice, data and video services, accelerating e-business progress of individuals, companies and governments.”
We do believe the launch of the project will bridge a lot of capacity needs, improve Nigeria telecommunication environment, guarantee cost reduction of end-users and enrich the lives of Nigerians.”
He further noted that it would contribute a lot to boost the rapid development of Nigeria economy.
Xie in his own comments, said that “Huawei is very proud to cooperate with Dangote. Huawei specialises in producing and marketing of communications equipment as well as providing customised network solutions. We focus on our customers’ market challenges and needs by providing excellent communications network solutions and services in order to consistently create maximum value for customers. We are committed to providing a fast and reliable service and will try our best in helping Dancom to realise its set goals and objectives.”


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