Turnkey contract includes comprehensive services to further enhance Celtel network quality
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 14, 2007 // -- 3GSM World Congress 2007 -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that it has signed a $50 million contract with Celtel Nigeria, part of Celtel International, to expand its GSM network within the South East and South South regions of the country. Under the turnkey agreement, Motorola will deploy its latest Motorola Reach GSM solutions and provide comprehensive services. The expansion will enable Celtel to increase its subscriber capacity, extend its coverage into new areas and improve the quality of its network.
This is a first time contract for Motorola with Celtel, although Motorola enjoys a long and successful relationship with the MTC Group, which owns Celtel International.
"We are excited to be working with Celtel Nigeria and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the operator. Deploying Motorola's technology and its expert services solutions for this network expansion will enable Celtel to add on new subscribers easily and efficiently, and ensure that the company continues to provide its growing number of customers with high quality services," said Ali Amer, vice president, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Motorola Networks & Enterprise.
As a cost-effective, upgradeable and straightforward solution that offers new features and platforms, GSM is predicted to be a key technology for connecting the next billion subscribers across the world.
"We have selected Motorola to implement our network system expansion because of the company's reliable and trusted technology leadership and its services expertise. Celtel has the utmost confidence and trust that Motorola will support its efforts and its commitment to providing its growing subscriber base, with the best and most advanced telecommunications systems, services and solutions," said Celtel Nigeria CEO Adebayo Ligali.
A portion of revenue on this contract was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2006.
About Celtel International
Celtel is the most successful pan-African mobile network, offering telecommunications services in more countries than any other on the continent and with more than 15 million customers. The company is one of the best-known branded businesses in Africa with mobile licenses covering more than 400 million people, close to half of Africa's population. Under the brand promise of 'Making Life Better', the company is committed to achieving sustainable development of telecommunications in Africa. Celtel operates mobile cellular operations in 14 countries -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The company is also present in Sudan, under the brand name 'Mobitel'. For more information please visit celtel.com
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of seamless mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you connect simply and seamlessly to the people, information and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering "must have" products, "must do" experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $42.9 billion in 2006. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com.