Huawei is to expand Neotel’s current CDMA network, following its successful deployment two years ago. This project will ensure wider coverage for data services as well as increased EV-DO capacity.
Huawei will provide a fourth-generation BTS (Base Transceiver Station) which can support the current EVDO Rev A data service and also ensure future evolution to EV-DO Rev B or enhanced technology such as LTE (Long Term Evolution), with Huawei’s leading SDR Technology. After the expansion, both the coverage and capacity will be almost doubled on the network. Apart from quick and easy installation, the distributed BTS is also flexible and easy to maintain cost-effectively.
This development will enable Neotel to provide affordable data services of high quality and speeds to their customers. Currently Neotel is one of the operators that offer a fast and efficient service which ensures delivery to customer within 48 hours from the date of application. This new improvement is ideal for Neotel’s business strategy which also attends to the needs of data service users in South Africa.
Dr.Angus Hay, chief technical officer of Neotel, says: "We are pleased to engage Huawei on this project, given their extensive experience in deploying CDMA, GSM and LTE networks successfully worldwide. We are confident that this project will produce a positive outcome as expected. We believe this state-of-the-art network will enable us to smoothly evolve to LTE in the near future."
Paul Wu, CEO of Huawei Southern Africa, adds: "We remain strongly committed to our promise of delivering high quality networks and leading solutions in both mobile and broadband technology in South Africa and the rest of the continent."
Huawei’s CDMA technology has been widely adopted by telecom operators throughout Africa.