Ceragon Networks Limited says it has closed a multimillion-dollar network expansion deal with Globacom to make the Nigerian Second National Operator (SNO) 5G-ready.
“With the imminent rollout of 5G services in Nigeria, Globacom can rest-assure its network is 5G-ready,” Doron Arazi, Ceragon Networks CEO says while announcing the tech deal with the Nigerian SNO and owners of Glo Mobile, the second-largest mobile network operator.
Arazi did not disclose financial details of the “multimillion-dollar deal” that will see the leading solutions provider of 5G wireless transport enable Globacom “to further expand its network and enable it to maintain its cutting-edge technology.”
Ceragon on The Road to A 5G-Ready Globacom
Arazi says his firm “is committed to partnering with its global customers to provide reliable, exceptional experiences, and this project for Globacom is no different. We partner with our customers to deliver customised, turnkey solutions that consider and best meet their current and future needs.”
Globacom aspires to build Africa’s biggest and best telecommunications network, and the deal “will significantly increase its network capacity and enhance service delivery to customers.”
Under the project initiated in Q4 2021 and due to be completed by the first half of 2022, “Ceragon will be providing Globacom a customised solution that covers long-haul rural areas, high-capacity metro as well as the access network – enabling it to not only enhance its existing subscribers’ quality of experience but also to expand its reach to further grow its market share,” Arazi says.
The tech firm says its project with Globacom will bring a solution to fiber cut issues as the SNO will leverage its IP-50 E-Band solution to provide metro backhauling instead of fiber, and at times as backup.
“With TCO optimization in mind, this solution will offer high capacity of 10Gbps over the air, with an upgrade path to as much as 20Gbps, as needed. This solution, as well as others provided in this large project, is not only quick to deploy, but significantly reduces CAPEX and enables Globacom with fast-time-to-market,” Arazi says.
Globacom says it operates in a very competitive environment, “and as such is always looking to enhance and expand its connectivity services,” according to a statement by the SNO. “We believe that our partnership with Ceragon will help in our desire to build the most robust, advanced telecommunications network. Ceragon’s field-proven solutions and services allow us to quickly and reliably ramp-up our 4G and future 5G network and capacity needs, while minimising our overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).”
The services help operators and other service providers to increase operational efficiency and enhance the end-customers quality of experience with quick-to-deploy wireless backhaul and fronthaul solutions, the tech firm says.
“Our customers include service providers, public safety organizations, government agencies, and utility companies, which use our solutions to deliver 5G & 4G broadband wireless connectivity, mission-critical multimedia services, stabilized communications, and other applications at high reliability and speed.”
For Globacom, the planned network expansion will be another major advancement for West Africa’s leading digital solutions provider.
Globacom, which made a market debut in 2003 as Nigeria’s SNO, now has a subscriber base of over 53 million, and is credited with driving Nigeria’s telephone penetration by forcing down the cost of voice and data services. It is also leading the broadband penetration with its nationwide fibre optic cable and 4G LTE network.
Under Dr. Mike Adenuga, Jr., Globacom founder, and Chairman, the telecoms group is today the largest integrated technology service provider in Nigeria, servicing Enterprises, SMEs, mid-size corporates, public sector organisations, and millions of individuals all over Nigeria and Ghana.
Globacom in 2010 singlehandedly constructed an independently owned submarine cable, Glo 1, from the United Kingdom to Nigeria, with branching units in several African countries. The facility has addressed West Africa’s bandwidth requirement and offered governments, individuals, and businesses the benefits of reliable and affordable internet.