Broadband network expansion underway for Mozambique carrier

A major carrier in Mozambique is expanding its microwave network. Mozambique Cellular, known as mcel, established its network in 2010 and has awarded follow-on orders of more than US$6.5 million to Ceragon Networks to extend the backbone network from Beira in central Mozambique to Nampula in the north of the country.

Ceragon will also upgrade access links nationwide. The network is the only way for millions of Mozambicans to access broadband internet. The network expansion will bring improved capacity, and advanced services delivery to millions of mcel users. The high capacity solutions enable mcel to provide improved redundancy, increase network capacity, and improve their subscribers’ quality of experience (QoE).

mcel is Mozambique’s leading mobile operator with over 4.5 million customers.  According to a recent industry report, Mozambique is one of the world’s fastest and most consistently growing economies, and is one of the highest growth potential telecom markets in Africa.

“Over the past two years Ceragon’s backbone network has successfully served the requirements of our market throughout Mozambique,” said Mohamed Mussa, Technical Director of mcel. “As a result of our expanding customer base and its increasing dependency on mobile, we looked for a way to expand our network again as 4G/LTE becomes more widely available.”

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