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November 27, 2012

Ceragon Networks Expands its Footprint in Africa



By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor



Ceragon (News - Alert) Networks Ltd. has expanded its footprint in Africa with long-term equipment and services orders from two large customers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Officials with Ceragon Networks (News - Alert) said that both orders totaling $28 million are from existing customers who have already successfully deployed large scale high-capacity wireless backhaul networks throughout the sub-region, based on the company’s Evolution and FibeAir solutions.

Company officials said that an order of $15 million was received for the expansion of a mobile operator's high-capacity network within this rapidly growing mobile market.

The other order of $13 million was received from an existing mobile customer for Ceragon's short haul and long haul solutions, as well as professional services. This operator continues to develop its 2G/3G network in one sub-Saharan country as it begins to expand into another.

"Africa is a key region for us and will continue to represent one of our primary growth engines," Ira Palti, CEO and president of Ceragon Networks, said in a statement.

Palti said the mobile market in Africa continues to expand, despite lengthening sales cycles due to macro-economic factors.

“Ceragon is well positioned to continue to play a significant role in network deployments in this region as existing and new customers favor comprehensive solutions providing cost-effective high-capacity and feature rich solutions with turnkey capabilities," said Palti.

Recently, Ceragon Networks Ltd., the wireless backhaul specialist, announced follow-on orders of more than $6.5 million with Mozambique Cellular (mcel) to expand the carrier’s microwave network, first established in 2010. Ceragon is extending mcel’s backbone network, based on Ceragon technology, from Beira in central Mozambique to Nampula in the north of the country, as well as upgrading access links nationwide, providing the only broadband connection available for millions of Mozambicans.

The network expansion will bring improved capacity, and advanced services delivery to millions of mcel users. The high capacity solutions, based on Ceragon’s Evolution IP Long Hauland FibeAir IP-10, enable mcel to provide improved redundancy, increase network capacity, and improve their subscribers’ quality of experience (QoE).

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Edited by Braden Becker
 
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