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Big boost for Botswana telecommunications

afrol News, 19 June - Ceragon Networks Ltd, a leading provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions has been selected by the Botswana Telecommunications Corporations(BTC)to provide a wireless solution enabling higher transmission capacity to its customer base.

Ceragon's FibeAir 1500P will be deployed to upgrade existing PDH links enabling better quality, faster performance, improved service and multi-media offerings. The BTC deployment is valued at $1 million.

"BTC was looking for the best technologies and partner to deliver and implement a cost-effective, future-proof wireless networking solution," Mr. Gadzani Thangwane, General Manager Technology of BTC said in a news release.

"After extensive evaluation of the market's offerings, we chose Ceragon's competitively priced FibeAir products to enable BTC to bring a variety of leading edge telecommunications services to the people of Botswana. We haveselected a partner with a strong track record in Africa that can deliver the technology and implement it through a turnkey solution."

The BTC was established in 1980 to provide, develop, operate and manage Botswana's national and international telecommunications services. It is a parastal whose 100% equity belongs to the government.

BTC is replacing its existing PDH links with Ceragon's FibeAir 1500P high capacity broadband wireless solution thus significantly increasing its capacity to meet the growing demands for bandwidth and support its existing range of services.

The new technology will provide BTC with a quick deployable solution that will adress its broadband wireless needs today. Besides, it is easily upgradeable to meet BTC's future needs.

Ceragon is providing full turnkey implementation including site survey, network installation, and a two-year support contract.

"We are very pleased to have been selected by Botswana Telecommunications", Ira Palti, President and CEO, Ceragon Networks Ltd, said. "Ceragon has become a supplier of choice for wireless transmission solutions by leading service providers throughout Africa."

The BTC's range of communications products and services include wired and wireless networks, basic voice telephony and voice messaging, Internet Protocol (IP) based networks and solutions, high-speed Internet access, data networks, customer premises equipment (PABXs), optical fiber connectivity solutions and online directory services.

Its extensive range of services is built around its national networks comprising wired and wireless connections serving 140 000 (31st March 2005) customer access line connections.

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