MTN Zambia signs fibre deal with ZTE

MTN Zambia signs fibre deal with ZTE

MTN Zambia has partnered with ZTE to construct a cross-border optical transmission network backbone in Zambia.

The network will provide connections between Zambia’s borders and its capital Lusaka, breaking the bottleneck of international egress traffic by incorporating a large bandwidth. In addition, the backbone network will effectively reduce the cost per Megabyte (MB) of accessing internet data, thereby greatly improving user experience and delivering economic benefits. 

ZTE will provide MTN Zambia with an industry-leading customised optical transmission network solution, using its ZXONE 9700 G2K system based on its in-house chipsets. This system can provide beyond-100G large bandwidth and Optical Time Domain Reflectometre features.

MTN Zambia Chief Executive Officer Bart Hofker said: “We are happy to announce the construction of fibre connectivity from Lusaka through Sesheke to Mongu which will make Zambia a major transit point to international destinations. This partnership will help us provide stability on our network and cheaper internet for our customers to connect with family, friends and colleagues.”

ZTE will offer a full range of equipment with large bandwidth (up to 1T/slots), low power consumption and small size, to satisfy MTN Zambia’s requirements for high availability, high reliability and high integration for the next-generation bearer network. In addition, the backbone network also features high scalability for future evolution.

Dong Renjie, CEO of ZTE Zambia, said: “We will be committed to working with MTN Zambia to promote the upgrade of its networks and build the most advanced and leading digital communication network in Zambia.”


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