Datawind has received an order for 100,000 3G-enabled tablets from Angolan cellco Movicel, valued at USD10 million, to be completed in eight weeks. The company also said it expected to receive orders for 4G tablets for use on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to be built by Movicel this year in partnership with Huawei and ZTE. The 3G tablets will be branded under Movicel’s Movinet trademark.
Movicel’s first-phase 4G rollout plan includes 1800MHz LTE deployment in 15 cities including Cabinda, Soyo, Benguela, Lobito, Huambo, Uige and Great Luanda. In the second phase, plans are to deploy LTE networks in 30 cities. The company hopes to launch commercial services by May 2012 and to have one million 4G customers by the end of the year. It currently has a mobile subscriber base of around 4.5 million, with plans to increase this total to around seven million by the end of December.