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ZTE, Libyan telco to deploy first WiMAX net in Africa

Posted: 14 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Africa network? WiMAX? VoIP? network management system?

Africa will soon have its first commercial deployment of WiMAX network.

ZTE Corp. has signed a framework agreement with Libya Telecom & Technology (LTT) to help build a large-scale WiMAX 802.16e commercial network in the continent, covering eight major cities in Libya including its capital, Tripoli.

"ZTE is pleased to closely collaborate with LTT in deploying the first WiMAX commercial network in Africa," said Chen Jiewen, ZTE chief representative in Libya. "We expect the deployment of the network to trigger more similar WiMAX deployments in other African countries."

Under the agreement, ZTE will provide a series of distributed and end-to-end IP WiMAX product solutions including compact and high-capacity base stations, access gateway, network management system, MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) and IMS (IP Multimedia System). The network is expected to be completed and ready for service in Q3.

In deploying the WiMAX network in Libya, ZTE will be installing multiple-input, multi- output (MIMO), OFDMA and high-efficiency power amplifiers, among other key technologies. These will help enhance the coverage radius of the network and reduce the required number of base stations, allowing LTT to efficiently speed up network installation. Once the network is up and running, Libya subscribers will have wireless access services including VoIP, high-speed download and mobile TV using wireless broadband connections.

"With the deployment of WiMAX in key cities in Libya, we will be able to provide the Libyan population the most effective wireless and highly advanced communications platform to enjoy access of various wireless services," added Mahmoud Bashir Alteir, LTT's WiMAX project manager.

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