Afrimax-Vodafone Deploys Airspan's LTE Network Architecture in Zambia
Published on: 23rd Nov 2016
Airspan Networks announced that Afrimax Vodafone Group has successfully completed the deployment of Airspan's leading LTE Advanced indoor and outdoor network solutions.
Afrimax-Vodafone Group is the first to deploy the Band 40 2.3GHz TDD which combines LTE and Wi-Fi indoor with a smart hand over between the technologies in Africa.
In 2014, Afrimax entered into a Partner Markets Agreement with Vodafone and is now part of the Vodafone family with over 400 million customers globally.
Afrimax holds 4G LTE spectrum in a number of countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, covering 220 million people. Dedicated to bringing 4G services for both voice and data that connect businesses, households and individuals to high speed internet services, Afrimax has successfully delivered the vision of utilizing Airspan's leading AirHarmony outdoor and AirVelocity indoor LTE access technologies in Zambia following the launch of the operation in June 2016.
"Our vision is to provide superior LTE systems in Zambia that will offer high-quality Internet connectivity in order to bridge the digital divide, which is critical to the growth and empowerment of people not only in Zambia but across the African continent," commented Lars Stork Chief Operating Officer of Afrimax-Vodafone Group.
Mr. Stork further said, "We chose Airspan because they demonstrated the ability to quickly deliver LTE solutions at an attractive price/coverage/performance ratio. We have been impressed by Airspanīs responsiveness and support of our network delivery plans."
Airspan's compact indoor and outdoor eNodeB and EPC technology provides coverage and capacity at a much lower power, footprint and cost of ownership compared to a traditional macro-centric architecture.
"We are very pleased to deploy Airspan's LTE solution capabilities with our valuable customer Afrimax in Sub-Saharan Africa," said Henrik Smith-Petersen, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer adding, "Airspan is fully supportive to Afrimax in their business model and expansion where small cells and backhaul solutions play a key role of the network's vision moving forward."