Ericsson AB, the world’s largest maker of wireless-network equipment, plans to expand its network-management services in Africa as more phone companies outsource the technical side of their business.
Ericsson, which has contracts to manage Africa network services for New Delhi-based Bharti Airtel and Atlantique Telecom, is in talks with more operators on the continent, Kamar Abass, managing director of Ericsson Nigeria Ltd. and head of regional accounts for sub-Saharan Africa, said in an interview on Aug. 27 in Lagos, the commercial capital. Atlantic Telecom is a unit of Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Telecommunications Corp. (ETISALAT), known as Etisalat.
“Having the two contracts gives us a solid baseline,” he said. “We are discussing very seriously with three or four customers.”
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