Increasing switching capacity and saving costs

MTN Ghana recently deployed Ericsson’s latest MSC-S Blade Cluster, which boasts capacity significantly compared to that of traditional mobile softswitch voice servers and reduces power consumption by up to 60 per cent per subscriber, providing significant cost savings for mobile operators.

The innovative design of the new server also provides easy scalability of network capacity and outstanding node availability, ensuring fast capacity expansion and reliable voice services for mobile phone callers.
MTN Ghana CTO Eben Albertyn says, "By deploying the MSC Server Blade Cluster, we have enhanced our network capacity and robustness. The design of the blade based server is such that by simply inserting a new blade (electronics board) in the MSC Server cabinet, we are able to increase voice capacity as we add to our subscriber base. To this end, we are exceptionally proud that on the same day Ericsson released their latest release of the MSC Server, we became the first operator in Africa, Europe and Middle East to successfully complete a call. This technology improves efficiency and demonstrates MTN’s leadership in Telecommunications in Emerging Markets.”
Lars Lindén, President of Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa, says, “The MSC Server Blade Cluster simplifies operations for operators and makes it easier and faster for them to operate, maintain and expand their core network. Certainly the success of mobile voice in Africa is placing increased demands on these networks. Through our MSC Server Blade Cluster we are able to provide significant capacity increases with improved efficiencies and environmental outcomes.
“We are heading for a future where everyone can communicate, where technology helps our planet and our society, and where standards ensure everything is connected. MTN Ghana is a strong partner and their deployment of African’s first call on our technology is testament to this, certainly the operator is well placed to continue to take advantage of this new generation of technology,” concludes Lars Lindén.

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