French-US equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent says it has been selected by Telesis Tanzania to help the company offer affordable 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband services in the east African country. Under the plan, the Paris-based vendor will provide Telesis with a high speed wireless network in the regions of Dar es Salaam and Mtwara by October 2013 followed by phased national rollout in the country. The service provider currently operates as a mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) in Tanazania, supporting services for a number of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) which serve their customers using Telesis’ infrastructure. Telesis Tanzania says it is focused on developing ‘individual, tailored, and cost-effective solutions for its MVNO partners by offering leading technology infrastructure, proven commercial and distribution capabilities, enhanced commercial and operational support and managed services’. As such, Alca-Lu will provide it with a comprehensive 4G LTE mobile broadband solution capable of speeds of over 100Mbps to support these goals. For the project the manufacturer will provide its 4G LTE solution including radio access network (RAN) products, the evolved packet core solution (EPC), the service aware manager, the subscriber data manager and convergent charging system, as well as its services expertise including project management, integration and network optimisation.
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