Huawei has announced the signing of an agreement with Intercellular for the transformation of the Nigerian operator’s CDMA network to a 4G LTE platform.

The deal will see the Chinese telecoms equipment vendor deploy an 800MHz LTE network for Intercellular to meet the growing demand for data services in the West African nation.

Intercellular’s CEO Emad Sukker said that the LTE collaboration will help Intercellular accelerate LTE transformation and give their customers better and faster network services.

The new network is set to be deployed and operated in phases, until it eventually covers all of the country’s towns and cities.

The company launched in Nigeria in March 1998, as a commercial fixed-wireless telephony, providing services over a CDMA network in Lagos using the 800MHz band.

In 2007 the operator received a unified access service (UAS) licence, permitting it to provide a full range of telecoms services without technological limitation.

Nigeria currently has five LTE providers, namely Smile Communications Nigeria, Spectranet, Swift Networks Limited, iPNV Nigeria and Glo Nigeria.