Fast-growing pan-African operator Africell has signed a multi-million-dollar agreement with wireless transport solutions company Aviat, which will provide Africell with a 5G-ready end-to-end disaggregated transmission network across multiple African countries.
The new network, which will be designed, installed, and maintained by Aviat, 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.
The deployment, which will take place in the second quarter of 2021, is Africell's first Telecom Infra Project (TIP)-compliant DCSG endeavour. TIP is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity.
The timing of this announcement is quite significant. Not only is Africell, a mobile operator serving over 12 million subscribers, one of the fastest-growing mobile operators in Africa but it recently confirmed a commercial service launch target of December 2021 for its new Angola service.
This will be the fifth country in which Africell runs a network. The company currently operates in four countries: The Gambia, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda.
In February we reported that Africell had finalised a deal that gave it a mobile telecommunications operator’s licence in Angola. It thus become the country’s fourth Unified Global telecoms operator and is currently deploying its mobile network infrastructure.
According to TeleGeography's CommsUpdate, Matias Manuel da Silva Borges, national director of telecommunications and information technologies, has stated in the Angolan press that Africell will also provide digital television and mobile money services.