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Harris Stratex Networks to Expand Network Backbone in Gambia and Sierra Leone

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Harris Stratex Networks says that it has been selected by Africell Holding to expand its GSM networks in Gambia and Sierra Leone. Deployments began in December for a contract valued at USD1.9 million.

Deployments include 90 links of Eclipse high-capacity radios, which are optimized for networks with flexible, high-bandwidth capabilities and native gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The links extend network reach into remote areas across the two countries, as well as increase network reliability.

Harris Stratex also will supply its advanced ProVision Element Management System. The ProVision system was developed specifically for managing microwave radio networks, and delivers advanced features for monitoring and controlling TDM and Ethernet traffic. It also provides a number of features for monitoring and controlling TDM and Ethernet transport, such as end-to-end circuit provisioning, Ethernet utilization reporting and RMON performance monitoring.

Elias Arwadi, chief operations officer, Africell Holding, commented, "As the dominant market leader in Gambia and Sierra Leon, Africell is committed to expand into all rural areas and provide the same quality of service through a state-of-the-art national backbone. This investment, especially in the current economic climate, as part of a bigger ongoing expansion, is again a vote of confidence in the market potential of both Sierra Leone and Gambia."

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