Telecom Namibia has appointed ZTE Corporation to build a unified mobile network including LTE technology in a deal worth some $46 million.
Chinese vendor, ZTE, will design, planning, supply, delivery and implementation of IMS, GSM and LTE network infrastructure for Telecom Namibia and its mobile arm, Leo.
“This will result in a major enhancement of Leo’s network quality and efficiency, enabling improved customer experience and richer applications on the mobile platform, and strengthening Leo’s competitiveness,” said Frans Ndoroma, managing director, Telecom Namibia.
Ndoroma added that base stations will be deployed in three phases, including the coverage a number of roads throughout the country.
The network will be capable of delivering download speeds of up to 100Mbps for LTE and 21 Mbps for 3G.
The project will deliver a converged switching platform for both fixed and mobile service with an IMS (IP multimedia systems) core for personal multi-media communications.
It will also deliver mobile radio access networks, both 3G and LTE, to expand the overall coverage and data capacity for Leo. It will also integrate this IMS core with its fixed network to provide a single point for activation and service provisioning.