ZTE to construct Rwandan backbone network

April 4, 2007
APRIL 4, 2007 -- ZTE Corp. has won a contract from MTN for a Rwandan transmission project to build both the Rwandan backbone network and the first metropolitan network in the capital, Kigali.

APRIL 4, 2007 -- ZTE Corp. (search for ZTE) has won a contract from MTN for a Rwandan transmission project to build both the Rwandan backbone network and the first metropolitan network in the capital, Kigali.

MTN is the largest mobile carrier in Africa. Its network covers 21 countries including South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameron, and Nigeria in Africa and some countries in the Middle East.

The backbone network project will connect Rwanda's capital with the Ugandan border, where it will interface with the Uganda MTN network to provide an international fiber-optic gateway.

"ZTE's experience in deploying cost-effective and scalable solutions was a key factor in winning this contract," said Han Ling, executive manager of ZTE's optical transmission products. "The deployment of these networks will vastly increase Rwandan transport capacity and its access to the international community and establish the network on a par with neighboring countries."

ZTE will use its ZXMP S330 SDH transmission equipment in building the backbone and metropolitan networks. The ZXMP S330 features multi-service access capability, network equipment protection, and scalability for system upgrades to 2.5G. Upgrades can be easily carried out by replacing optical boards; there is no service disconnection so the ability to increase bandwidth is safeguarded while enabling the operator to deliver a consistently high level of service at a competitive cost.

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