Ericsson Wins Algerian LTE Network Deployment Contract
Published on: 6th May 2014
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Ericsson says that it has won a contract to deploy the first LTE and VoLTE enabled network in Northern Africa, for Alg rie Telecom.
The network will be a fixed-wireless based broadband internet service.
At nearly 2.4 million square kilometers, Algeria is the largest country in Africa. The diverse nature and expanse of its geography - with environments such as mountains, desert and densely populated cities - makes the installation of fiber difficult and expensive. LTE provides a solution for providing high-speed broadband to subscribers beyond the reach of fiber.
Massive demand for broadband services is putting extreme strain on Algeria's existing copper/fiber fixed-broadband network. The initial deployment will cover "white spots" that do not currently have broadband access, before extending to high-density locations such as universities, airports and commercial districts.
Azouaou Mehmel, President and CEO of Algérie Télécom Group, says: "Our close relationship with Ericsson made it possible to roll out the LTE network in a record time, so our customers could start enjoying LTE reliable high speed broadband services. The launch of LTE is a key milestone in Algerie Telecom's strategic plan of broadband development in Algeria"
Financial terms for the contract were not disclosed.