Safaricom taps Aviat for 5G backhaul in Kenya

Safaricom taps Aviat for 5G backhaul in Kenya

Kenya’s Safaricom has selected Aviat Networks’ WTM 4800 multi-band radio platform for 5G backhaul.

Multi-band combines traditional microwave (6-42 GHz) and E-band (70-80 GHz) over the same link and same antenna, lowering spectrum costs by offloading traffic from microwave spectrum onto less expensive E-band spectrum, while maintaining the reliability of microwave.

Microwave spectrum cost is one of the largest TCO elements in many countries around the world and as capacity demands grow with 5G, more spectrum is required. Aviat multi-band provides the lowest TCO for 5G backhaul –particularly in countries where the cost of microwave spectrum is high, such as Kenya.

Aviat's WTM 4800 is the industry's only single box multi-band solution on the market, and its cloud-based multi-band link design solution allows microwave planners to see a combined, integrated view of availability and capacity for the complete multi-band link.

Pete Smith, President and CEO, Aviat Networks, said: "the pace of 5G rollouts is increasing and we plan to leverage our differentiated capabilities to help customers deploy the lowest TCO backhaul possible."

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