Mcel, a mobile operator in Mozambique, has hired Ericsson to upgrade and expand its 3G radio network in the country’s capital city, Maputo.
The network upgrade will enable Mcel to provide high-speed mobile broadband.
Ericsson will deploy its core network solutions and its multi-standard base station RBS 6000, which supports GSM/EDGE, 3G and LTE.
The core network upgrade includes Ericsson's Mobile Softswitch and SmartEdge-based Mobile Packet Backbone Network solutions which handle the take off of voice and data.
Mcel started operations in 1997 and has more than 4.3 million customers and the broadest network in the country, covering 65% of the geographical area, and 75% of the population.
Mozambique has a mobile penetration rate of about 35%, with most users in the cities. Internet penetration is less than 5%, and just 0.1% of the population have access to broadband, according to Business Monitor International.
Mamudo Ibraimo, CEO, Mcel, said: “Our partnership with Ericsson positions us well to secure our premier position and continued growth in this market.”
Lars Lindén, head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, added: "Mcel's new network will cater to the exceptional traffic growth they expect in the near future. With improved network signalling and transmission capacity from Ericsson, we are committed to ensuring the quality of service mcel delivers to its subscribers."