In upgrading its mobile network capacity connecting six key rural and island locations in the country, Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has selected NEC's iPASOLINK series, a hybrid TDM and IP-based mobile backhaul solution. The expansion is expected to double the mobile network capacity to meet demand from local citizens, enterprises and tourists.
The service will enable TTCL which is majority owned by the Tanzanian government with another 35% stake held by the Indian-headquartered operator Airtel, to continue to leverage investments in existing legacy TDM systems for voice traffic and use high speed, high capacity Ethernet for data with the option of transitioning to an all-IP network.
According to NEC, the solution can also support the expansion of LTE network services when required with minimal capacity upgrades, in addition to the 3G networks of today. It features Ethernet OAM (Operations, Administration, and Maintenance) for performance monitoring and fault isolation and troubleshooting to ensure system resilience, uptime and deliver a consistently high QoS (Quality of Service).
NEC said that it has been supplying telecom technologies to TTCL since 1972, including over 29,000 microwave backhaul radio units to date.
"Our latest mobile infrastructure upgrades are a key part of the important work the Tanzanian government is undertaking to deliver our Vision 2025 programme and use the latest communication technologies as a tool for sustainable development. We're pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with NEC to support the needs of communities and entrepreneurial businesses throughout the country."
- Makame Mbarawa, Minister of Communications, Science nd Technology, Tanzania
"Tanzanian citizens will see a noticeable difference in the mobile network's capacity to handle even more web browsing and m-commerce transactions as a result of this upgrade. NEC has been providing innovative technologies to Tanzania Telecommunications Company for over forty years and we're delighted their customers will continue to benefit from our latest high speed, future-proofed mobile backhaul solutions."
- Eugene Le Roux, Managing Directir, NEC Africa