MTN Nigeria has selected Harris Corp. to provide microwave radios that will increase the capacity of the existing Y’hello Bahn high capacity GSM network backbone by 75 percent. Orders of $4.1 M have been received for MegaStar 155 PX microwave radios that will augment what is already the largest wireless network backbone in Nigeria, spanning more than 4,500 km and traversing more than 120 towns and villages.

A key requirement of the new agreement is to counteract the difficult propagation conditions in various regions of Nigeria, such as wide variability related to temperature, humidity, geography and vegetation. The MegaStar 155 PX high capacity synchronous digital microwave radio for OC-3 or STM-1 transport meets these requirements. It operates in the 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11 GHz bands, interoperating with standard SONET/SDH multiplexers and ATM switches, and features a wide selection of antenna coupling unit arrangements that accommodate both standard and non-standard channelization plans.