Broadband deal for Cambridge company

African telecoms giant MTN Group has awarded Cambridge Broadband Networks a contract to deploy its VectaStar microwave backhaul product in Nigeria.

Under the terms of the deal, MTN will use VectaStar to wirelessly backhaul the traffic from its 3G-network initially in six main cities across the west African nation before spreading to cover the entire country. The VectaStar deployment is a crucial step in MTN Nigeria’s plans to migrate to an all IP network.

For the deployment in Nigeria, 40 VectaStar hubs will be installed to backhaul traffic from 454 3G base stations. This is the first stage of a MTN Nigeria plan to deploy point to multipoint microwave backhaul nationwide which makes more efficient use of radio spectrum and infrastructure than other microwave transmission methods such as point to point.

Cambridge Broadband Networks is a preferred supplier for backhaul infrastructure for MTN Group and its subsidiaries in Cameroon and Rwanda are already using VectaStar to backhaul traffic from its 2G, WiMAX and 3G networks, as well as providing broadband internet access services to businesses.