Mobile operator Africell, has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Aviat Networks for a 5G-ready end-to-end disaggregated transmission network across multiple African countries.
Through the agreement, Aviat will design, install and maintain the new Africell network, which will include Aviat WTM 4000 and WTM 4800 Multi-band point-to-point radios and CTR microwave switches, and 5G-ready disaggregated cell site gateways (DCSGs).
“With escalating demand for high-speed mobile internet services in our markets, and with 5G in our sights, we sought an approach that offers us fast deployment, maximum flexibility, and lowest TCO,” said Wissam Fayad, Network Transmission Manager, Africell Holdings.
“Aviat’s backhaul and DCSG solution was the clear choice to meet all these challenges and support the rapid network growth of our transmission network well into the future,” he added.
Peter Smith, CEO of Aviat Networks said, “Leading mobile operators like Africell recognize the operational advantages of a disaggregated solution and how its flexibility will enable the rapid delivery of broadband services. We are proud that Africell has placed its confidence in Aviat to meet the challenge of their first TIP-compliant DCSG project.”
Africell is one of the fastest growing mobile operators in Africa. The company currently serves over 12 million subscribers and operates in four countries – The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda. Africell will launch operations in a fifth country, Angola, in 2021.