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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Broadband: mCel finds favour with Ericsson


The Mozambique’s leading mobile network operator, mCel has found favour with Ericsson as it upgraded its broadband offering recently.

mCel founded in November 1997, has grown to be responsible for the explosive growth in mobile network service in Mozambique.

Media Relations Officer for Ericsson West Africa, Ms Omasan Ogisi, disclosed this development to ITRealms Online, saying that the new deal would usher in solution for the Third Generation (3G) coverage extension and capacity upgrade in Mozambique.

In addition, she said, it would enable consistent delivery of rich, high-speed mobile communications to subscribers as well as seeing that core network is upgraded with leading Ericsson Mobile Softswitch Solution.

Ericsson official also said that the company has been chosen as preferred supplier by leading Mozambican operator mCel to upgrade and expand its existing 3G radio network in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city, using the latest Ericsson technology.

This, she said, includes the RBS 6000, which earlier this year was used in setting the record for the fastest internet in the world.

This contract, Ogisi stated in a press statement made available to ITRealms Online as building on Ericsson’s longstanding relationship with mCel and comes on the handy after the recently completed upgrade of mcel’s 3G core network by Ericsson.

“The network upgrade will enable mCel to provide high-speed mobile broadband which can deliver video and web application services, thereby offering their subscribers a superior user experience,” she said.

Chief executive officer, mCel, Mr. Mamudo Ibraimo was quoted as saying that under the agreement, Ericsson will deploy its industry leading core network solutions as well as its multi-standard base station RBS 6000, to support the GSM/EDGE, 3G (WCDMA/HSPA) and 4G (LTE).

The core network solutions, he affirmed would include Ericsson’s Mobile Softswitch Solution and Ericsson SmartEdge-based Mobile Packet Backbone Network (MPBN) solution which efficiently handle the take off of voice and data.

mCel, he said, now has more than 4.3 million customers and the most extensive network in the country with coverage of 65 per cent of the geographical area, and 75 per cent of the population.

Remmy Nweke

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