Angolan cellco Movicel has signed a contract to deploy a commercial 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network with China’s Huawei Technologies. Under the deal, Huawei will deploy an 1800MHz frequency division duplex (FDD) LTE network initially covering oil-producing province Cabinda, with Movicel expecting to launch commercial services by the end of May 2012, claiming what it says will be a first-of-its-type network in Africa. Movicel is aiming to provide mobile broadband services with a downlink speed of up to 100Mbps across the entire country, with expansion of the network set to begin in dense urban areas including the capital Luanda, and expects keen demand for LTE especially from large companies initially.
Movicel will be using Huawei’s end-to-end SingleRAN convergent solution, including RAN (Radio Access Network), CN (Core Network), DBS (Distributed Base Station) and terminal devices. Using SDR (Software Defined Radio) technology, the cellco’s network will simultaneously provide voice and data services using different technologies (GSM/UMTS/LTE) sharing frequency bands.