Access Communications and Athonet, a provider of software-based mobile infrastructure, have announced the implementation of an LTE network in Malawi. Leveraging Italy-based Athonet’s technology, the LTE network has been rolled out in Blantyre’s business district, ensuring data, live video and voice services with very low latency. The initial service offering has been oriented towards clients that require high speed internet access and voice services, but will be evolved to cover larger areas of the country and consumer needs. ‘Internet can be a fundamental driver for growth in Africa and we are proud to be Access’ partner in making ultra-broadband internet accessible to businesses and consumers in Malawi,’ commented Massimiliano Gianesin, Head of Operations at Athonet, adding: ‘Our software approach to infrastructure means that mobile networks in developing countries can be deployed very rapidly and cost-effectively both in terms of CAPEX and OPEX, avoiding the complexity of legacy products and simplifying operations.’ Athonet noted that the network had to be scalable, cost-efficient and simple to integrate with Access Communication’s existing infrastructure, including its CDMA network. Faizal Okhai, CEO of Access, said: ‘We feel that the introduction of 4G LTE services in Malawi will serve a latent demand for high quality ultra-broadband Internet for corporate and individual consumers.’
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