Posted: July 9, 2013

Accra/Paris, July 9, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent and Surfline Communications Ltd today announced the first commercial deployment of a 4G LTE network in Ghana and, more general, in Western and Central Africa.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide hardware and software, along with installation, optimization, maintenance and managed services, helping Surfline rollout out next-generation mobile communications in response to rapidly increasing data demand driven by the proliferation of lower cost smart phones.

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Surfline believes the Ghanaian market has matured beyond the products and services currently available in the market. This is especially true in the data sector. As a data-centric communications provider Surfline will address national requirements for broadband connectivity that will greatly contribute to Ghana’s social and economic growth.

Key Facts:

  • Initial coverage by the network to include the capital, Accra, followed by all major cities and a nationwide rollout.
  • Affordable country-wide broadband connectivity will act as a catalyst for the development of a digital-based economy by increasing information and communications technology (ICT) literacy.
  • In Ghana, and elsewhere in Africa, 4G LTE is expected to transform the use of technology with regards to mobile consumers, healthcare, transportation, energy, security, agriculture, sales and payments industries and infrastructure.
  • Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its industry-leading 4G LTE high-speed mobile broadband product capabilities which include:
    • LTE Radio Access Network
    • Evolved Packet Core
    • Professional services to install, optimize, maintain and manage the LTE network

 

John Taylor, Executive Chairman of Surfline said: “We chose Alcatel-Lucent to build and operate our LTE network because of the strong trust and relationship we developed – and the experience that Alcatel-Lucent has on LTE as a technology, as well as its strong presence in Africa, including Ghana. Alcatel-Lucent’s ultra fast broadband solution, market positioning and 4G LTE leadership were essential for our decision.”

Daniel Jaeger, Vice-President of Alcatel-Lucent in Africa said: “The recent announcement of Alcatel-Lucent’s “Shift Plan” underlined the importance of our technological edge in next-generation access technologies. Africa represents a major opportunity for growth in ultra-Broadband, and it is a significant part of our strategy to form strategic partnerships with operators like Surfline, who are committed to making a positive contribution to people’s lives. Surfline, its customers and Alcatel-Lucent will all benefit from the deployment of our market leading 4G LTE solution in Ghana.”

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