Orange Niger Taps Ceragon to Modernize Backbone of its Network

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Ceragon Networks Ltd., the wireless hauling specialist, has announced that Orange Niger, the second largest mobile operator in Niger, has selected its wireless backhaul solutions and services to modernize its nationwide backbone network to 4G.

In this multi-million-dollar project, Ceragon will enable Orange Niger to leapfrog to 4G, starting with the capital city of Niamey and expanding to other major cities to secure over 1 million 4G subscribers by the end of 2020.

To deliver on its vision of building digital Africa, Orange Niger requires a high power, scalable and ultra-reliable wireless backbone network which delivers 4Gbps backbone capacity to meet 4G services and experiences for subscribers.

By selecting Ceragon’s IP-20 platform, Orange Niger is able to double its backbone capacity, utilizing new and wider regulatory spectrum allocations of 112MHz. The combination of ultra-high power radios, and Ceragon’s wide channel multicore technology with Advanced Space Diversity techniques, allows Orange Niger to achieve the 4G capacity and coverage it needs, using 50% less hardware, with smaller and fewer antennas.

With Ceragon’s professional services, including network planning and rollout, Orange Niger is able to achieve faster, more accurate first-time right installations that will meet its subscriber acquisition targets. All in all, Ceragon’s solutions and services deliver Orange Niger significant savings in equipment, real estate, energy, installation and maintenance costs and time.

“We are pleased to partner with Ceragon,” said Souleymane Diallo, CEO of Orange Niger. “Ceragon’s proven track record, combined with its leading-edge technology and services, allow us to rapidly launch our new 4G network services and offer our customers an incomparable experience. With Ceragon we are able to meet the growing mobile traffic demand in Niger with uncompromised service reliability.”

“We look forward to a long-standing partnership with Orange Niger, supporting the delivery of its ambitious 4G strategy and plans for a fast roll-out,” said Ira Palti, president and CEO of Ceragon. “We are committed to continue to work with Orange Niger hand-in-hand to deliver innovative wireless hauling solutions that support its business targets today, and well into the country’s 5G future.”