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Zain Nigeria taps Tekelec to raise consumer offerings, lower operating costs

Zain Nigeria, Zain Group's largest mobile network operator, has selected network signaling company Tekelec to help its migration to an all-IP network. The move will enable Zain Nigeria to offer its subscribers the multimedia applications typically associated with the more advanced IP network on its current network...

 Zain Nigeria, Zain Group's largest mobile network operator, has selected network signaling company Tekelec to help its migration to an all-IP network. The move will enable Zain Nigeria to offer its subscribers the multimedia applications typically associated with the more advanced IP network on its current network.

Network signaling and mobile messaging company Tekelec  has been chosen by Zain Group to enable its largest network operator, Zain Nigeria, to quickly gain the benefits of migrating to an all-Internet Protocol (IP) multimedia subsystem (IMS) network.

Major factors in Zain's selection of Tekelec were the technology's "market-proven reliability and ability to scale to the growing demands of global service providers." Another important feature in Zain's selection of Tekelec's Eagle 5  platform was Tekelec's support of Sigtran (SS7 signaling over IP), which is a stepping stone for migrating to an all-IP network. Sigtran enables service providers on Public-Switched Telephone Networks (PSTNs) to use an underlying IP transport vehicle, thereby allowing them to offer their subscribers multimedia services through their existing network. Zain Nigeria completed the Eagle 5 deployment in Q408.

Emerging markets like Nigeria, with their continued strong growth in mobile subscribers, are displaying exactly the industry trends which are driving the demand for Tekelec's Eagle 5 platform. The services involved include SMS,  government-mandated number portability, and routing flexibility. The Eagle 5 platform has been enhanced with increased signaling capacity, scalability and performance to address these issues as well as the complexities of hybrid, NGN and all-IP networks.

* In 2007 and 2008, 37 of Tekelec's 40 new customers purchased the Eagle 5 platform across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East.  The company's solutions are now deployed in 103 countries.
Tekelec continues to increase the company's global footprint with more than 60% of its revenues now coming from outside North America. Tekelec has more than 20 offices around the world, with corporate HQ in Morrisville, NC, USA.

** Zain Nigeria, formerly Celtel Nigeria, was established in 2000 by institutional and private investors as well as three state governments. It made history on August 5, 2001 by becoming the first telecoms operator to launch commercial GSM in Nigeria. In 2006, following Celtel International's acquisition of majority stake in the company, it was re-branded Celtel and became part of Celtel's pan-African operations spanning 14 countries. On August 1, 2008 Celtel Nigeria was rebranded Zain Nigeria following the global acquisition of Celtel International by MTC Group, which transformed to Zain Group. Zain Nigeria currently covers over 1,500 towns and 14,000 communities across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

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