Movicel, the mobile unit of Angola Telecom, said on Monday that it had signed a contract with network vendor Huawei to deploy LTE in parts of Angola.
The contract, which was announced during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will see Huawei deploy a LTE FDD 1.8 GHz network for Movicel in the province of Cabinda, the most productive crude oil region in Angola.
The network will be ready for commercial use by the end of May this year, and will be Africa's first commercial LTE FDD 1.8 GHz network.
Movicel intends to eventually provide mobile broadband services with a downlink speed of up to 100Mbps across the entire country, starting from the high-value and dense urban areas, such as the capital Luanda.
Yon Moreira da Silva Junior, CEO of Movicel, said that the investment is in line with Angola's booming economy.
“Movicel is doing its share to pave the future of Angola and Africa with this state-of-the-art communication infrastructure. It will remove the gap between Northern and Southern hemispheres' networks,” he said.
For the deployment, Huawei will use its an end-to-end SingleRAN convergent solution, including radio access network, core network, base stations and terminal devices.
According to the latest Evolution to LTE report released on January 5, 2012 by the Global mobile Supplier Association, there were 49 commercial LTE networks launched globally and 23 of them were using Huawei's end-to-end SingleRAN LTE solution.