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ZTE upgrades Airtel Uganda 3G mobile network in preparation for migration to 4G
Announced Date: 3/4/2016 Published Date: 3/7/2016

ZTE announced it has been selected by Airtel Uganda, serving around 7 million mobile subscribers in a country with a population of around 37 million people, for the upgrade its 3G network to improve performance and to prepare for the deployment of 4G.

The network upgrade for Airtel Uganda, a unit of India-based Bharti Airtel, which has operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa and serves around 350 million subscribers, is believed to represent the first nation-wide UMTS900 commercial deployment in Uganda and is designed to increases network performance by 20% as well as significantly reduce equipment power consumption and tower rental fees to enable lower overall capex and opex.

The project will encompass the deployment of an advanced UMTS 900 3G network and will result in Airtel swapping out 674 sites across the country. The deployment specifically included the adoption of ZTE's advanced multi-mode, ultra-band and highly integrated SDR 2.0 solution, which is designed to support the migration to 4G LTE/LTE-A technology.

ZTE noted that compared with traditional UMTS 2100 3G networks, the UMTS 900 3G network will provide wider coverage and an improved indoor user experience, thereby enabling more subscribers in Uganda to use mobile broadband services.

It was noted that the agreement marks ZTE's first engagement with Airtel in Africa.