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November 12, 2009

Botswana Telecom Selects Ceragon Advanced Solutions

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Botswana Telecommunications Corp., or “BTC,” has selected Ceragon's (News - Alert) advanced solutions for upgrading its nationwide wireless backbone as well as the backhaul network of its cellular subsidiary BeMobile. 

Ceragon officials said that the deployment of the company’s solutions will enable BTC to support rapid subscriber growth and meet its service expansion plans. Equipment orders related to this deployment top $1.5 million.

Botswana has one of the highest mobile phone penetration-rates in Africa, and offers its customers a range of voice and data services, all of which are supported over its mobile network. 

The company officials said that by using Ceragon's FibeAir solutions that support high speed wireless transmission, the operator will be able to offer its growing customer base high-quality and disturbance free service delivery. 

“In order to succeed in the dense telecom market of Botswana, it was important for us to select a backhaul solution that will ensure high quality service delivery at a competitive price,” BTC spokesperson said. 

The spokesperson said that Ceragon has proven to be a great partner, combining superb technology with excellent customer support. With a high-capacity wireless network that the company can depend on, BeMobile is set to meet the goal of doubling its market share in Botswana.

“We are very pleased to extend our relations with BTC and support the expansion of new wireless voice and broadband services in Botswana,” Ira Palti, president and CEO of Ceragon, said.

Additionally, Palti said that the company continues to provide value to the growing customer base by offering the most advanced technology, with the most favorable cost position.

Ceragon Networks (News - Alert) Ltd. is a provider of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions that enable wireless service providers to deliver voice and premium data services, such as Internet browsing, music and video applications. 

Back in October Ceragon Networks had announced that it has received a significant equipment order from a leading WiMAX (News - Alert) operator in North America. 

Ceragon’s FibeAir point-to-point microwave solutions will support the operator’s ongoing network expansion and will be deployed initially in two major U.S. cities. The current order is valued at several millions of dollars.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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