Ghanaian start-up operator Blu Telecoms (formerly G-Kwik net) has partnered with China-based equipment vendor Huawei Technologies for the provision of 4G Time Division Duplex Long Term Evolution (TDD-LTE) services in the country, Biztech Africa reports. Under the terms of contract, Huawei will provide 4G modems, mobile Wi-Fi functionality and customer premises equipment (CPE) in the form of LTE routers. The new 4G network will deliver ‘uninterrupted high-speed and reliable data, voice, Wi-Fi and video-on-demand [VoD] services to residential and business subscribers’. Further, the operator is currently trialling the technology via its ‘Founders Campaign’ testing programme, which has provided 100 customers in selected parts of the country with free devices and an unlimited data allowance with which to test the network. The service is scheduled to launch commercially later this month.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Blu was awarded LTE-suitable spectrum in February 2013, along with GoldKey Properties and Surfline Limited. Blu Telecom paid USD6 million for a 30MHz unpaired block of spectrum in the 2.6GHz band.