MTN taps Flexenclosure for base station in Ivory Coast

MTN Côte d’Ivoire has ordered has customised data centre from intelligent power management systems specialist Flexenclosure.

The eCentre will be deployed in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, in the first quarter of 2014.

The order is part of a new strategic partnership between Flexenclosure and MTN Côte d’Ivoire for the installation of a next generation data centre in Yopougon, a municipality in the northern part of Abidjan, and will have the dual role of both a switching centre together and a data centre where MTN’s data customers can be hosted.

The facility has been customised for MTN and will be delivered as a full turnkey project including civil works, installation of the eight eCentre modules, and the re-location of some existing power equipment to the new site.

Leadcom Integrated Solutions, Flexenclosure’s local partner in Ivory Coast, will be responsible for the civil works portion of the project and support Flexenclosure’s specialist team in the installation and commissioning of the modules. Leadcom is a supplier of services in the fields of deployment and maintenance of cellular and wireless communications infrastructures.

The order from MTN Côte d’Ivoire comes hot on the heels of two similar orders from Vodacom in Mozambique.

David King, CEO, Flexenclosure, said: “This deal is another proof point for pre-fabricated solutions being the way of the future when it comes to service providers managing the on-going explosion in data traffic. eCentre’s unrivalled flexibility, reliability, scalability and speed of deployment makes it an attractive choice for operators wanting to expand network capacity fast.”

Flexenclosure has already provided more than 4,500 sqm of eCentres for MTN in Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon through third-party channels, but this is the first time the company has signed a contract with MTN directly. Ivory Coast is a new market for Flexenclosure.

“Locally, we are switching from a traditional telephone market, based on voice and SMS, to a more mature phase where the mobile phone is increasingly used for services such as broadband Internet, money transfer and all services related to the new digital world (video on demand, tracking, etc.). To that purpose, we want the best equipment to meet those needs now and in the future”, said Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO of MTN Côte d’Ivoire.

“The new eCentre will provide us with increased network availability, stability and geographical redundancy, and the data hosting capability will allow us to provide new value-added services to our clients,” added Jerome Curtis, General Manager Capital Programs, MTN Côte d’Ivoire.



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