Ethiopia: Ethio-Telecom to Upgrade to LTE


Ethio-telecom announced that it will upgrade its current 3G telecom infrastructure networks to LTE. Dr. Mesfin Belachew, e-government directorate director at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, told reporters that, "Ethio-telecom is undertaking a technical evaluation of the proposals submitted by the Huawei Technologies and ZTE corporations companies."

The state-owned telecom monopoly announced plans two months ago to divide the country into eleven infrastructure zones, in order to better manage each network. The zones are to be distributed between the two companies, Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE Corporation, presently bidding for the network and upgrade expansion project. The two-year project, estimated to cost 1.5 billion dollars, is aimed at doubling the existing 20 million mobile phone users by 2014/15, and alleviating present network problems.
Source: The Government of Ethiopia

Cambium Networks deploys world’s first IP wireless GIGATOWER to expand global service provider broadband reach

 Cambium Networks has introduced the Gigatower, a new wireless broadband access solution that delivers the industry’s highest level of throughput for enterprises and triple-play service providers worldwide. Based on the Canopy point-to-multipoint (PMP) 450 platform, the Gigatower enables service providers to further expand capacity to existing customers and offer high capacity broadband to new customers in urban, suburban and rural environments.

 Service providers and network operators around the globe use PMP access networks to provide significantly higher bandwidth in non-line-of-sight (NLoS) and line-of-sight (LoS) applications. Utilising both licensed and unlicensed bands, Canopy’s installed base of four million modules provides broadband services for demanding enterprise and residential use. For those looking to deploy a more extensive network, the PMP 450’s modular design allows the Gigatower to provide more than 1 gigabit of broadband capacity and extend coverage area to more than 120 square kilometers.

“Service providers need innovative solutions to deliver broadband to their users. Fiber/DSL is an expensive solution that lacks symmetrical capability. It has generally been deployed where it’s economically viable, leaving many customers underserved (unable to achieve the speeds and symmetry they desire) and unserved due to their proximity to fiber. The PMP 450 and new Gigatower offer the ability to deploy in greenfield locations or to overlay existing DSL footprint with a solution that delivers HD video and IPTV, voice and data services at a cost point that truly changes broadband economics,” says Tony Rodrigues, Regional Sales Managerat Cambium Networks. “We are also introducing an entirely new architecture, the PTP-C, (Point-to-Point Cluster) for small cell backhaul among other applications. It’s our more than 10 years’ experience as the wireless IP market leader and our deep engineering expertise in NLoS and interference mitigation that have enabled us to redefine the function and form factor that will revolutionize how small cell backhaul will be deployed in years to come.”