Nigerian quintet select DragonWave backhaul solution

18 Sep 2012

DragonWave, a supplier of packet microwave solutions, has announced that five Nigerian carriers have selected its Horizon product family to deliver high capacity, 4G/Long Term Evolution (LTE)-ready wireless backhaul networks. Mobitel, Netcom, Main One, Spectranet and Monarch Communications are rolling out DragonWave’s Compact Plus and Quantum products to backhaul internet, voice and data services as part of the country’s growing broadband access solutions for their business and end-user customers. ‘Nigeria is an important market for broadband services and DragonWave is committed to supporting the needs of carriers throughout Africa,’ commented Peter Allen, president and CEO of DragonWave, adding: ‘We’ve prioritised Africa as a very viable market given that our technological advantage and high quality radio transmission makes wireless broadband applications both more accessible and affordable. We view these new deployments in Nigeria as a bellwether for expanding DragonWave’s footprint regionally and bringing the best and most reliable mobile wireless backhaul solutions to the continent.’

In other news, South Africa-based MTN Group has said in a statement that attackers cut its fiber-optic lines in Nigeria’s northeast during recent destruction of telecoms infrastructure in the region, the Associated Press reports. MTN said the multiple cuts on the line had disrupted ‘the lives of millions’ in the region, but did not specify how much damage was caused nor the cost of repairs.