ZTE Wins 3G-LTE Deployment Contract in Namibia
Telecom Namibia says that it has awarded a US$46 million contract to ZTE to build a unified mobile network that will provide it's mobile subsidiary, Leo with a transformed 2G/3G/4G networks. Deployment is starting with immediate effect.
The contract entails the designing, planning, supply, delivery and implementation of GSM and LTE network infrastructure for Leo and Telecom Namibia.
Frans Ndoroma, Telecom Namibia Managing Directors, said, "This will result in a major enhancement of Leo's network quality and efficiency, enabling improved customer experience and richer applications on the mobile platform, and strengthening Leo's competitiveness."
Ndoroma said the deal is worth U$46 million and involves the rollout of base stations in three phases. This includes a number of road coverage sites throughout the country as well.
In terms of the contract, the project will deliver a converged switching platform for both fixed and mobile service with an IMS (IP multimedia systems) core for personal multi-media communications.
Ndoroma said building the Group's network on an IMS core platform will give customers a big advantage in terms of price and quality of service adding: "With this unique platform we will optimise time, resources, and results on all IP communication services - from fixed and mobile phone calls to Internet access, from social networks to email," he said.
The Group's strategic orientation is towards fixed-mobile convergence, he added.
"More importantly, the IMS solution will also support most of Telecom Namibia's existing PSTN/ISDN services and other multiple legacy interfaces, such as POTS," the MD stated.
In parallel to the core network and Value-Added Services platform enhancement phase, base stations will initially be deployed to replace the existing 2G sites of Leo and CDMA base stations. The CDMA network is going to be recovered once all CDMA customers have been transferred to the new Leo network.