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November 16, 2011

Bharti Airtel has signed a new contract with Ericsson to upgrade their diesel powered base stations across Nigeria and make them more energy efficient.

Bharti Airtel and Ericsson have signed a new contract to upgrade diesel powered base stations in Nigeria with a new green energy solution known as E-site. .

CEO and joint managing director of Bharti Airtel, Manoj Kohli, said in a statement that the new E-site solution would enable Airtel to harness solar energy to power mobile base stations across Nigeria.

October 17, 2011

The telecoms giant moves to placate subscribers following the three-day service glitch that disrupted RIM’s operations.

Telecoms giant, Airtel, on Monday, stated that it would offer its BlackBerry customers a service waiver following last week’s global outage attributed to the service provider, Research in Motion (RIM).

October 14, 2011

The FG ordered Airtel to recall over 3,000 staff members who were sacked by the company's partners

Staff of outsourcing firms providing call centre services to Airtel Nigeria, who were sacked last month, have resumed work today in Abuja, following an agreement which was reached between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC); their labour union; Airtel; and the outsourcing companies.

The staff, in conjunction with the NLC, had launched a series of protests last week, which saw a disruption in Airtel services in Abuja and some states in the north, as well as the picketing of some of its offices in several states.

October 11, 2011

The Ministry of Labour brokers a truce between the telecoms giant and its warring contract workers

The Ministry of Labour has ordered the management of Airtel Nigeria, a telecom service provider, to pay its protesting workers their outstanding allowances and recall all those suspended.

The order followed a resolution reached at the conciliatory meeting between the management of Airtel Networks Limited, its business partners, and the National Union of Post and Telecommunications Employees (NUPTE), with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

October 6, 2011

The lawmakers react to the telecoms giant’s alleged retrenchment of over 3000 workers

The House of Representatives has directed the Ministry of Communications to order an immediate reversal of the alleged sack of nearly 3000 Nigerians by telecoms group, Airtel, pending an investigation of the mass sack.

The alleged dismissal has sparked outrage since it became public last weekend with allegations that the Indian company plans to replace the sacked staffers with Indian and other Asian nationals.

October 5, 2011

The state lawmakers claim over 1000 workers of the telecoms giant were sacked in the state

The Lagos State House of Assembly has invited the management of Airtel, a GSM telecommunication company, to appear before it on October 11 to explain the justification for sacking about 1000 workers based in the state.

Last Friday, the biggest news on the social media platforms was the “mass sacking” of about 3000 call centre officials of Airtel over remuneration issues.

October 5, 2011

Labour unions of the telecoms giant react to the alleged sack of 3000 employees.

Airtel employees have pleaded with the federal government to compel the management of the telecommunications company to comply with basic labour standards as obtained in the telecommunications sector.

October 4, 2011

The telecoms giant says it does not even have up to 3000 workers

Airtel Nigeria has denied allegations of having sacked 3000 call centre agents and also stated that it did not have any intention of cutting staff salaries.

March 11, 2011

Etisalat Nigeria said on Thursday it had sealed agreements for a $650 million syndicated loan with 8 local banks to expand its mobile phone network across Nigeria.

Etisalat Nigeria said on Thursday it had sealed agreements for a $650 million syndicated loan with 8 local banks to expand its mobile phone network across Nigeria.

"The additional funds will be used to roll out both our 3G and 2G network on a national basis," Etisalat Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Steven Evans said in a statement.

Etisalat said the banks involved were First Bank, Zenith Bank, Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Bank PHB, Guaranty Trust Bank, and Oceanic Bank.

February 2, 2011

Bharti Airtel, India's top mobile phone carrier, posted a bigger-than-expected 41 percent fall in quarterly profit, as weaker margins from its African operations and currency fluctuations took a toll.

The outlook for India's mobile market -- the world's second biggest and the fastest growing by wireless customers -- has improved after prices steadied last year following cut rate competition which sent call pricing tumbling in late 2009.