Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has selected US-based Ceragon Networks as one of its global microwave backhaul vendors, the latter has announced. Initially it is understood that Telefonica will order systems from Ceragon for deployment in Chile, Panama and Venezuela, and it is understood that the Ceragon solutions selected by Telefonica are based on the carrier-grade FibeAir IP-10 family – a wireless transport solution optimised for all-IP mobile internet and broadband services; FibeAir IP-10 is a wireless microwave solution that integrates advanced networking functionality with high-capacity radio technology, enabling up to 1Gbps per channel. The solution, Ceragon claims, will enable simplified network provisioning and monitoring while reducing Telefonica’s total cost of ownership.
Commenting on the development, Cayetano Carbajo, Telefonica’s technology director, said: ‘Ceragon solutions offer a good fit for our microwave backhaul needs. Their solutions provide more capacity and a high return on investment (ROI) – interesting functionalities as we continue to roll out higher speed, higher capacity 4G/Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile networks.’