RCS-Communication selects Airspan for 4G deployment in South Sudan

South Sudan 4G network RCS-Communication Airspan NetworksAirspan Networks will assist RCS-Communication in rolling out 4G technology across South Sudan. (Image source: Flickr/Erik (HASH) Hersman)Airspan Networks has announced it has been chosen by RCS-Communication to deploy a 4G WiMAX network across South Sudan

Airspan, which provides 4G network solutions, said that the first phase of implementation had begun in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

Philip Gerber, country manager for South Sudan at RCS, said, “The Airspan network shows excellent results in terms of coverage and enables us to serve our clients in areas where we were previously unable to reach them on our terrestrial network.”

As part of the collaboration, RCS will utilise Air4G, a dual platform 4G base station enabling operators to run either long-term evolution (LTE) or WiMAX (or both concurrently), allowing for a seamless migration to LTE when and where the operator is ready, Airspan said.

The company added that it will also supply RCS with its Netspan network management system, which will manage any LTE network when deployed if and when RCS decides to activate it.

Together, the network components make a robust and high capacity 4G network which provides customers with reliable high-speed connectivity, Airspan claimed.

Amit Ancikovsky, president of products and sales at Airspan, commented, “RCS-Communication is a strategic, experienced and pioneering company serving a diverse base of customers. Airspan has partnered with RCS to help them deploy a 4G network that will serve customers with a unique and dependable broadband experience.

“Airspan has held to a firm strategy for steadily increasing our Africa market share. We offer African service providers an unparalleled combination of personal customer service with a wide range of cost-effective products which enable a quick, scalable, 4G network deployment,” Ancikovsky added.

Airspan products include pico, micro and macro base stations, a variety of user devices and advanced core network products, providing 4G LTE and WiMAX connectivity solutions operating in a range of bands from 150 MHz to 5.9 GHz.

Flippie Odendal, managing director for South Sudan at RCS, commented, “We made the investment to upgrade our current WiMAX network to the latest generation technology in readiness for further network improvements and specific service offerings we have planned.

“Airspan was selected as our vendor because we believe their solution offers us the best scalability and widest choice of future options,” he added.

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