Cellular technology and Open RAN provider Parallel Wireless has announced its plan to deploy 2G and 4G networks for a large national operator.
Parallel Wireless was awarded several projects to build sites across rural Africa supporting 2G and 4G connectivity, which includes sites ready for Parallel Wireless 5G software upgrades.
The company notes that the tender includes full delivery and deployment of end-to-end network solutions, including tower, power, transmission, and Radio Access Network (RAN).
Speaking about the announcement, Yisrael Nov, EVP of sales at Parallel Wireless, says: “As a field-proven preferred cellular network technology partner, we look forward to connecting people across East Africa with cellular coverage in the rural and suburban African market.
“The deployment of 2G and 4G networks will enable operators to provide efficient technology in areas with low population density.”
The tender will focus on rural and suburban areas, with the goal of deploying and delivering cellular connectivity through the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) in East Africa, which is a government initiative aimed at delivering greater coverage to all residents.
According to a recent report by GSMA, 4G adoption will more than double in the sub-Saharan Africa region in the next five years, due to the growing demand for faster speeds. In East Africa, part of sub-Saharan Africa, 2G connections still constitute about half of the total mobile subscriptions, while the adoption of 4G has accelerated, and now amounts to 20%.
The company’s ALL G (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) Open RAN software platform has been deployed with global mobile network operators from across six continents and forms an intelligent RAN architecture to deliver wireless connectivity.
The GSMA report also found that in East Africa, over 50% of the population lives in economically marginal rural areas. The company notes that delivering rural coverage and proper telecommunication infrastructure is crucial, as more people are becoming dependent on voice and data to communicate.
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