UK vendor Cambridge Broadband Networks has won a contract from cellco MTN Nigeria to deploy its ‘VectaStar’ microwave backhaul product. Under the deal, MTN will use VectaStar to wirelessly backhaul its 3G traffic in six main cities before spreading to cover the entire country. The move is a part of the cellco’s plans to migrate to an all-IP network. The initial installation will comprise 40 hubs to backhaul traffic from 454 3G transmitters, and is the first stage in MTN’s planned deployment of nationwide point-to-multipoint microwave backhaul. This method makes more efficient use of radio spectrum and infrastructure than other transmission types such as point-to-point.