ZTE to build MTN Zambia’s network backbone linking Lusaka to Namibia border

ZTE has signed a deal with MTN Zambia to construct a cross-border Optical Transmission Network backbone in Zambia. As part of the contract, ZTE will employ advanced technologies to build the Optical Transmission Network backbone to connect Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, and the border of Namibia.

By providing the backbone network with a large bandwidth, ZTE aims to break the bottleneck of the international egress traffic (or latency speeds).

In addition, the backbone network will effectively reduce the cost per Megabyte (MB) of accessing internet data, thereby greatly improving user experiences and increasing economic benefits for MTN subscribers in Zambia.

As a reliable partner of MTN Zambia, ZTE will provide MTN Zambia with a customized Optical Transmission Network solution, using ZTE’s ZXONE 9700 G2K system based on its in-house chipsets. In addition, the system can provide beyond-100G large bandwidth and Optical Time Domain Reflectometre features.

Commenting on the contract, Bart Hofker, the MTN Zambia CEO,  said: “In our pursuit to create a digital global hub in Zambia, we are happy to announce the construction of fiber connectivity from Lusaka through Sesheke to Mongu which will make Zambia a major transit point to international destinations.”

He added: “This partnership will help us provide stability on our network and cheaper internet for our customers to connect with family, friends and colleagues.”

ZTE will also offer a full range of equipment with large bandwidth (up to 1T/slots), low power consumption and small size, to fully satisfy MTN Zambia’s requirements for high availability, high reliability and high integration for the next-generation bearer network. In addition, this backbone network also features high scalability for future evolution.

“We are honored to be chosen by MTN Zambia to deploy the network,” said Mr Dong Renjie, CEO of ZTE Zambia. “We will be committed to working with MTN Zambia to promote the upgrade of its networks and build the most advanced and leading digital communication network in Zambia.”


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