14 Jan 2010
MTN Ghana and Chinese equipment maker Huawei have reportedly deployed a UMTS900 platform on the cellco’s network, claiming a first for the African continent. The 900MHz platform will be used for voice, video and data-based services and is based on Huawei’s fourth-generation 3900-Series Node B, which the vendor claims combines advanced technology with high efficiency to boost operators’ productivity. The system supports a bandwidth of just 4.2MHz to provide UMTS service while working seamlessly within the operators’ existing GSM network. MTN Ghana will use the upgrade to extend the reach of its high speed data networks to more ‘rural’ communities, it said.