Angolan Network Starts Migration from WiMAX to LTE


The Angolan WiMAX network operator, Multitel is to migrate its network to LTE after signing a supply contract with Telrad Networks.

Since 2006, Multitel has offered a variety of broadband services (VPN and Internet) on its 3.5 GHz WiMAX network to a primarily corporate customer base. Leveraging Telrad's turnkey suite of 4G solutions, Multitel aims to expand its offerings to the small office/home office (SOHO) market.

Telrad's dual-technology base station has a unique software radio design (SDR), which allows a seamless, software-only migration from WiMAX to LTE. The Radio Access Network (RAN) device is designed for longer-range connectivity and for Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) areas.

"We're very excited to bring Telrad's advanced technology to our region," said António Geirinhas, CEO of Multitel. "Telrad has helped us with a strategic plan to upgrade our system in a way that leverages our current equipment, while taking carefully planned, continuous steps toward LTE. Our upgraded network offers scalability that will help us expand our customer base, increase customer satisfaction and maximize our return on investment."

Multitel has been an Alvarion customer for many years with the BreezeMAX infrastructure already in the field.