mCel enlists Ceragon to extend backbone

14 Nov 2012

Mozambique Cellular (mCel), the country’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, has tapped backhaul specialist Ceragon Networks to extend its microwave network, in a deal worth up to USD6.5 million. The vendor will extend the carrier’s network from Beira in central Mozambique to Nampula in the north of the country, as well as upgrading access links nationwide, and providing, what it claims are ‘the only broadband connections available for millions of Mozambicans’. The high capacity solutions, which are based on Ceragon’s Evolution IP Long Haul and FibeAir IP-10, will enable mCel to provide improved redundancy, increase network capacity and improve subscribers’ quality of experience (QoE). Mohamed Mussa, technical director of mCel, commented: ‘Over the past two years Ceragon’s backbone network has successfully served the requirements of our market throughout Mozambique. As a result of our expanding customer base and its increasing dependency on mobile, we looked for a way to expand our network again. We knew that with Ceragon we could meet today’s demand and prepare for the future as 4G Long Term Evolution [LTE] becomes more widely available’.