African mobile group Africell has signed a multi-million-dollar agreement with US-based Aviat Networks to provide a 5G-ready end-to-end disaggregated transmission network across multiple countries. The new network will include Aviat WTM 4000 and WTM 4800 Multi-band point-to-point radios and CTR microwave switches, and disaggregated cell site gateways (DCSGs). The DCSGs are Edgecore Networks running IP Infusion’s OcNOS network operating system. Deployment will occur in Q2 2021.
Wissam Fayad, Network Transmission Manager, Africell Holdings, said: ‘With escalating demand for high speed mobile internet services in our markets, and with 5G in our sights, we sought an approach that offers us fast deployment, maximum flexibility, and lowest TCO [total cost of ownership].’ Aviat CEO Peter Smith added: ‘Leading mobile operators like Africell recognise the operational advantages of a disaggregated solution and how its flexibility will enable the rapid delivery of broadband services.’ A press release highlights the deployment’s compliance with the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) – a global community of companies and organisations collaborating to accelerate the development of open, disaggregated, and standards-based technology solutions delivering high quality connectivity.
UK-headquartered Africell operates mobile networks in Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Gambia, and is preparing to launch in Angola this December.