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Zamtel and NEC agree on microwave backbone and access project

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Zamtel and NEC have agreed to build a new digital microwave radio transmission network to boost mobile coverage and capacity across Zambia.

The turnkey deal, which includes the supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of NEC's microwave transmission network equipment, is expected to be completed within 12 months and is valued at USD18.3 million. NEC will upgrade Zamtel's existing backbone and access systems and commission new links to connect its macro base stations and core network wirelessly.

This investment in Zamtel transmission infrastructure aims to upgrade and modernize the company's digital microwave transmission backbone network in order to meet current and foreseeable future growth in mobile data demand, while supporting the company's LTE rollout plan.

"This partnership will see NEC design, manufacture, supply, deliver, install, test, migrate and commission a native Ethernet microwave backbone and access radios specifically tailored to Zamtel's requirements," said the company's Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mupanga Mwanakatwe.

Dr Mwanakatwe said the new digital microwave backbone and access project will include the installation of 2Gbps, 600Mbps, 300Mbps and 150Mbps backbone and access networks based on native Ethernet microwave radio network technologies, adding that on completion, the investment will lead to the realization of a state-of-the-art national IP microwave backbone and access network.

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