Cellcom Guinea taps Huawei for network expansion

28 Sep 2016

Guinean mobile operator Cellcom has signed a ‘multi-million US dollar’ contract with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei, which will enable the cellco to expand its coverage and increase capacity. In a press release, the operator disclosed that installation of the new sites will commence ‘as soon as possible’. Further, Cellcom said that it has obtained multiple connections to the fibre-optic network of Guineenne de la Large Bande SA (GUILAB), which is tasked with overseeing the construction and operation of the country’s in-deployment 4,000km national fibre-optic network.

TeleGeography notes that Cellcom became the country’s newest entrant to the wireless arena when it launched services in May 2008 with initial coverage of 35 communes. By 31 August 2016 its population coverage had reached just over 24% (serving 82 communes), meaning it still lagged behind its main rival cellcos Orange and MTN Guinea in terms of network footprint.