Leading communication equipment company
) and Surfline Communications Ltd. recently announced that they
have successfully deployed the first commercial 4G LTE (long-term
evolution) network in Ghana. The collaboration of these companies
to provide high-speed mobile broadband services is intended to
meet the demand for fast wireless internet access in West and
Alcatel-Lucent will assist Surfline to roll out
next-generation mobile communication by providing hardware and
software in major cities, followed by a nationwide rollout.
Additionally, Alcatel-Lucent will also provide installation,
optimization, maintenance and managed services.
Alcatel-Lucent believes that its new IP architecture-based
network will assist Surfline to expeditiously and economically
expand mobile broadband capacity in order to meet the burgeoning
customer demand, driven by the launch of low-cost smart
The 4G LTE network is expected to provide quality service to
Surfline's customers to access social networking sites, indulge
in online gaming, view streamed videos and avail video calling
and e-mail services. Moreover, the 4G-LTE network launch in
Africa is likely to benefit the associated industries, thereby
developing the overall economy. Thus the Alcatel-Lucent and
Surfline collaboration is expected to positively contribute to
Ghana's social and economic growth.
Alcatel-Lucent has been strategically forming alliance with a
number of telecom companies to provide technology backup srvices
for wireless broadband. Last month, it entered into an agreement
with Telenor Group to provide high speed Internet services to
Telenor's 2G, 3G and 4G customers across Europe and Asia.
Alcatel-Lucent currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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