Telecom Malagasy (Telma) and Ericsson have deployed the Swedish vendor’s three-sector, dual-band Radio 6626 across five major sites in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. Combining three sectors and two frequencies in one radio unit, Ericsson claims its Radio 6626 helps operators increase their frequency division duplex (FDD) capacity, even where their site towers already have 2G, 3G and 4G radios.
Additionally, Ericsson Radio 6626 will provide Telma with multi-standard and multi-band coverage while lowering operating expenses (OPEX) and reducing footprint, with up to 18% lower energy consumption on every site configuration. It will also enable a 67% reduction of radios in Telma Madagascar’s towers and a 20% reduction in weight and higher capacity in contrast to current installations. Moreover, Ericsson notes Radio 6626 will arm Telma with added support to boost capacity while enabling efficient site upgrades and accelerating the time-to-market of various 5G services.
Patrick Pisal Hamida, CEO of Telma Madagascar, said: ‘As we will launch new commercial 5G services in Madagascar, we are certain Ericsson’s Radio 6626 will not only help us with faster rollout onsite but also help us significantly minimise power consumption and weight on tower. With the benefits of this Ericsson dual-band, three-sector radio, we look forward to offering increased capacity on our network, lower power consumption and a superior user experience in Madagascar.’