By Ben Simmons

Movicel, Africa’s leading operator, announced that it signed a commercial contract for LTE with Huawei on 24 February, 2012.

Under this contract, Movicel will deploy a LTE FDD 1.8 GHz network in province Cabinda, the most productive crude oil region in Angola. The network will be commercialized by the end of May this year and it will be Africa's first commercial LTE FDD 1.8 GHz network.

According to its future-oriented network developing blueprint, Movicel will provide mobile broadband services with a downlink speed of up to 100Mb/s across the entire country, starting from the high-value and dense urban areas, such as the capital Luanda. With series high efficient moves under this strategy, the booming demand of telecommunications in the Angola market, especially the demand of the big enterprises, will be fully satisfied.

According to Mr. Yon Moreira da Silva Junior, CEO of Movicel, that bold move is aligned with the booming economy of Angola, providing the leading service worldwide that will support the country’s growth. On top of that, offering astonishing data speed for the population, will foster the economic inclusion of the young population through digital inclusion.

“Movicel is doing its share to pave the future of Angola and Africa with this state-of-the-art communication infrastructure. It will remove the gap between Northern and Southern hemispheres networks”

“The joint effort of Huawei’s office in Angola and Brazil ensures the best resources to deploy this challenging and passionate project,” stated Mr. Andrew Ge, CEO of Huawei Angola and Mr. João Pedro Flecha de Lima, SVP of Huawei Brazil.

Based on the actual customers and traffic map, Movicel adopted from Huawei an end-to-end SingleRAN convergent solution, including RAN (Radio Access Network), CN (Core Network), DBS (Distributed Base Station) and terminal devices. With the most advanced SDR (Software Defined Radio) technology, the network will simultaneously meet the subscribers’ demand for both voice and data under different technologies (GSM/UMTS/LTE) with even one single frequency band resource.

According to the latest Evolution to LTE report released on January 5, 2012 by GSA (the Global mobile Supplier Association), there are 49 commercial LTE networks launched globally and 23 of them are using Huawei's end-to-end SingleRAN LTE solution.

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