Backhaul expansion underway in Nigeria

A major Nigerian operator is deploying backhaul solutions across its network as part of a major expansion. Globacom Nigeria (branded as Glo) has signed a US$6 million contract for Ceragon’s high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions, with the provider also signed up to deploy its equipment.

Glo is the second largest mobile operator in Nigeria serving approximately 25 million subscribers, and is Africa’s fastest-growing telecommunications company. Ceragon deployed the operator’s original network in 2010 and will now augment it with its FibeAir IP-10 and Evolution IP Long-Haul systems.

As part of the Glo deployment, Ceragon will provide backhaul for Glo’s 2G/3G infrastructure network in Lagos. The network modernisation will expand the traffic capacity of Glo’s 3G network, while providing legacy 2G TDM support. Subscribers that have had limited or no mobile access will now be able to connect to the expanded network through the wireless backhaul deployment.  

“It’s not just about the radios and antennas but also about lowering our customer’s total cost of ownership (TCO) and facilitating a faster time to new revenue (TTR),” said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. “With this approach, we are able to offer operators more capacity.”

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