Multitel, an Angolan corporate-focused broadband/data services provider jointly owned by Portugal Telecom and Angola Telecom, has selected Israel’s Telrad Networks to evolve its network from fixed WiMAX to TD-LTE technology, to serve demand from a ‘growing base of enterprise and residential subscribers throughout Angola.’ Since 2006, Multitel has offered a variety of broadband services (such as VPN and internet access) on its 3.5GHz WiMAX network to a primarily corporate customer base, including small and medium businesses, government agencies and universities. The press release says that by leveraging Telrad’s turnkey suite of 4G solutions, Multitel will be able to expand its offerings to the small office/home office (SOHO) market with data, voice and video services enabled by a significantly increased network capacity. The BreezeCOMPACT 2000 base station, combined with Telrad’s CPE solutions, will help set a path for Multitel to smoothly evolve its network from fixed WiMAX to LTE. Telrad’s dual-technology base station has a software radio design (SDR) which allows a seamless, software-only migration from WiMAX to LTE. The high-power Radio Access Network (RAN) device is suited for longer-range connectivity and for Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) areas.
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