Ceragon Awarded Wireless Backhaul Contract in Eastern Africa
Ceragon Networks Ltd., a provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions, has announced that its leading-edge wireless trunk solution, FibeAir 3200T, has been selected by a telecom operator in Eastern Africa. The solution will be used for ultra-high-capacity links that will support nationwide transmission of voice and data services. The deal, worth over $1.5 M, was initiated and carried out by one of the company’s strategic resellers.
The FibeAir 3200T long haul trunk solution provides high capacity connectivity using multiple STM-1, OC-3, FE or Gigabit Ethernet. It utilizes a single hardware design to support all indoor and split-mount installations, enabling the deployment of voice and data services for rapidly growing networks. The current deployment in Eastern Africa comprises a number of links built in 9+1 configuration (9xSTM1 with a single STM1 protection).
“The growth potential for point-to-point microwave backhaul solutions in Africa is very high,” said Emmy Johnson, founder and principal analyst, Sky Light Research. “Africa is for the most part an unwired continent, so wireless solutions have very little wireline competition. In addition, wireless networks give operators the ability to provide mobile coverage more rapidly and across vast areas, whereas fixed solutions are often limited to certain districts of the major cities.”
Ira Palti, president and CEO of Ceragon Networks, commented, “We are pleased to expand our footprint in Africa and gain additional market share with our advanced trunk solution. There are only a handful of companies on the market today that can implement full 9+1 wireless links. Our ability to successfully do so time after time is a major competitive advantage.”