Leading Small Cell specialist ip.access and Africa Mobile Networks (AMN), mobile network infrastructure service provider, today announce 4G/LTE Small Cell service in Zambia. This builds on successful multicountry 3G Small Cell deployments, extending rural cellular coverage across underserved countries in Africa.
The rollout covers seven countries: Zambia – being the first to offer 4G/LTE services in addition to 3G, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria plan to commence 4G rollout in the coming months. The network design is built around the ip.access ViperTM solution, comprising nanoVirtTM 3G/4G virtualised gateways and management system together with the 3G and 4G/LTE Small Cells. The small cells are installed on a tower near the centre of a village and deliver mobile coverage to the community. Each deployment is highly scalable and upgradable, adding capacity to meet demand as needed.
AMN builds, owns, operates and maintains mobile network infrastructure, delivering services to the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in Africa. Their ‘mass production’ approach to mobile network base station build is on a volume rollout trajectory with the first 500 sites in place by 2020, increasing to 1,500 by 2021, all in collaboration with tier one Mobile Network Operators (MNO) across Africa.
AMN CEO Michael Darcy: ‘AMN is pleased to be working with ip.access to deliver 4G and 3G services. This is yet another positive step which delivers on our mission to build mobile network base stations serving rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa.’
ip.access CEO Richard Staveley: ‘Our deployment philosophy and product agility have been perfectly suited to the AMN Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) model, allowing the MNOs to expand their network coverage deep into rural areas.’
ip.access develops 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G carrier grade small cell radio solutions. The company has two primary lines of business: commercial communications network deployed with service providers, and private networks deployed with system integrators for critical infrastructure, security, and surveillance.
Headquartered in the UK, ip.access has deployed more than two million 2G, 3G, and 4G small cells across hundreds of commercial and private networks worldwide.
For more information, visit https://www.ipaccess.com/
About Africa Mobile Network
AMN builds mobile network infrastructure, which delivers 2G, 3G and 4G services to rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. AMN has traded large investments and high complexity in the core for the greatest simplicity and lowest cost in the radio access network, to allow the access network to be rolled out rapidly and on a huge scale to reach the smallest communities and the largest total population.
AMN is a group of companies organised with its corporate head office in the UK and subsidiary operating companies in several sub-Saharan African countries. Africa Mobile Networks Ltd is a UK-registered company with 100% ownership and control of each of the local operating companies.
For more information, visit http://www.africamobilenetworks.com/home