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MagtiCom awards backhaul contract

22 Aug 2007

US vendor Harris Stratex Networks says it has secured two contracts for microwave backhaul worth a total of more than USD4 million with the Georgian cellco MagtiCom. Harris will deploy its ‘Eclipse’ nodal wireless networking platform to offer low-capacity access as well as high-capacity transmission of both PDH (plesiochronous digital hierarchy) and native Ethernet traffic. ‘Choosing the Eclipse platform was a logical process for us, considering our long relationship with Harris Stratex Networks,’ said David Lee, MagtiCom’s CEO. Guy Campbell, CEO of Harris Stratex said, ‘Eclipse [is] a significant upgrade of a national mobile network to support the rollout of UMTS services… [It] has the ability to scale up in capacity as the network grows and provide a future-ready platform of mixed TDM and Ethernet streams for new voice, data and video services.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, MagtiCom ended the first half of 2007 with an estimated one million subscribers and was second-placed behind market leader Geocell.

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