Telecom Lead Africa: Ceragon Networks has bagged follow-on order worth $6.5 million from Mozambique Cellular (mcel) to expand the carrier’s microwave network.
Leveraging Ceragon technology, Ceragon is extending mcel’s backbone network from Beira in central Mozambique to Nampula in the north of the country, as well as upgrading access links nationwide.
mcel will use Ceragon’s Evolution IP Long Haul and FibeAir IP-10 to improve capacity and services. This apart, the network technology enables mcel to provide improved redundancy, increase network capacity, and improve their subscribers’ quality of experience (QoE).
mcel has over 4.5 million customers in Mozambique. 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, mcel. “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.”