Backhaul specialists Ceragon Networks have announced follow-on orders worth more than US$6.5 million from Mozambique Cellular (mcel) to expand the carrier’s microwave network.
Ceragon first established the network in 2010, and will now expand it from Beira in central Mozambique to Nampula in the north of the country. It will also upgrade access links nationwide and provide the only broadband connection available for millions of Mozambicans.
The expansion to the Mozambique Cellular network will improve capacity and advance service delivery. The system will be based on Ceragon’s Evolution IP Long Haul and FibeAir IP-10, providing improved redundancy, increased network capacity, and improvement in quality of experience for the operator’s 4.5 million customers.
According to a recent industry report, Mozambique is one of the highest growth potential telecom markets in Africa.
“Over the past two years Ceragon’s backbone network has successfully served the requirements of our market throughout Mozambique,” said Mohamed Mussa, Technical Director of Mozambique Cellular. “As a result of our expanding customer base and its increasing dependency on mobile, we looked for a way to expand our network again. We knew that with Ceragon we could meet today’s demand and prepare for the future as 4G/LTE becomes more widely available.”
“Mozambique Cellular brings connectivity for millions of people throughout the country – an essential component of prosperity in today’s global market, whether it is in Paris, NYC or Nampula,” said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. “We’re honored to partner again with mcel to provide the country with next generation wireless backhaul solutions and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”