Botswana Telecommunications Corp. (BTC) has selected Ceragon Networks’ advanced solutions for upgrading its nationwide wireless backbone as well as the backhaul network of its cellular subsidiary BeMobile. The deployment of these solutions will enable BTC to support rapid subscriber growth and meet its service expansion plans. Equipment orders related to this deployment top $1.5 M.

Botswana has one of the highest mobile phone penetration-rates in Africa. BTC offers its customers a range of voice and data services, all of which are supported over its mobile network. Using Ceragon’s FibeAir® solutions that support high speed wireless transmission will enable the operator to continue to offer its growing customer base high-quality and disturbance free service delivery. The deployment is part of the Rural Services Improvement and Expansion project that BTC has signed with Botswana’s telecom regulator. Deployments are already under way and are expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

“In order to succeed in the dense telecom market of Botswana, it was important for us to select a backhaul solution that will ensure high quality service delivery at a competitive price,” said a BTC spokesperson. “Ceragon has proven to be a great partner, combining superb technology with excellent customer support. With a high-capacity wireless network that we can depend on, BeMobile is set to meet the goal of doubling its market share in Botswana.”

“We are very pleased to extend our relations with BTC and support the expansion of new wireless voice and broadband services in Botswana,” said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. “We continue to provide value to our growing customer base by offering the most advanced technology, with the most favorable cost position.”