Mobitel, Main One and three operators tie deals with DragonWave to boost broadband offerings
By Technology Times Staff Reporter
Lagos. November 4, 2012:Five Nigerian operators, Mobitel, Netcom, MainOne, Spectranet and Monacom have closed key deals with DragonWave Inc., a key supplier of packet microwave radio underscoring the growing demand for wireless backhaul services for broadband access.
DragonWave Inc., says it is addressing a growing demand for streamlined wireless backhaul solutions in the Nigerian market and that it has recorded recent deployments with the five new customers in their bid to offer internet, voice and data services.
Mobitel, Netcom, MainOne, Spectranet and Monacom have selected DragonWave’s Horizon product family to deliver high-capacity, 4G/LTE-Ready wireless backhaul networks, the Canadian company says.
DragonWave’s Horizon Compact Plus and Quantum products were selected by the operators to backhaul internet, voice and data services. It reflects growing demand for broadband access solutions for business and end-user customers in Nigeria.
Johnson Salako, President and CEO, Mobitel, says that, “since its inception in 2009 Mobitel has relied on a technical partnership with DragonWave that has contributed directly to our ongoing success.”
He adds that, “DragonWave provides unmatched service and support for a line of radios that are easily installed, configured and managed, as well as providing the durability and functionality that ensures optimum performance in Nigeria’s challenging climate conditions.”
DragonWave’s Horizon says its line of packet microwave systems delivers the highest levels of spectral efficiency and reliability for carrier-grade delivery of advanced applications and services.
According to the company, “an uncompromised product design delivers pure packet microwave performance with software-scalable, ultra-low latency transport of up to 4 Gbps per link. Extremely easy to deploy and manage, DragonWave products deliver carrier-grade (99.999% availability) interference-free performance in next-generation IP networks.”
Mahesh Bhanarkar, Head of Technical Operations, Spectranet Limited, says that, “as a leading Nigerian wireless broadband service provider, we have found working with DragonWave to be very rewarding and know their products to have a capacity edge over other vendors.”
He says that, “installing and configuring DragonWave links is a very streamlined process which has allowed us to quickly upgrade our network and utilize them as the cornerstone for our BTS and enterprise service offerings.”
Peter Allen, President and CEO, DragonWave, says that, “Nigeria is an important market for broadband services and DragonWave is committed to supporting the needs of carriers throughout Africa.”
He adds that, “we’ve prioritized Africa as a very viable market given that our technological advantage and high quality radio transmission makes wireless broadband applications both more accessible and affordable. We view these new deployments in Nigeria as a bellwether for expanding DragonWave’s footprint regionally and bringing the best and most reliable mobile wireless backhaul solutions to the continent.”