Zamani telecom giant moves beyond WiMAX with Telrad’s advanced 4G TDD-LTE network.
[NIAMEY, Niger – July 20, 2022]— Telrad Networks, a global provider of innovative wireless telecommunication solutions, has successfully completed the provision and deployment of a large-scale 4G Long-Term Evolution Time-Division Duplex (LTE-TDD) network for Zamani Telecom SA.
The project has allowed Zamani to fully phase out its aging WiMAX network and increase capacity for its growing customer base of more than 3 million subscribers. In addition, it provides Zamani with a consolidated Layer 2 LTE solution for its parallel B2B services. It ensures 100% coverage across the entirety of Niger’s capital city of Niamey and main towns. This marks one of the company’s most significant infrastructure upgrades since Zamani finalized its acquisition of Orange Niger two years ago.
Telrad was selected from a competitive pool of solution providers as part of an open RFP process.
“We at Zamani have had many years of positive experiences with Telrad and its equipment. For this project, Telrad clearly brought the strongest technology to the table—plus a well-deserved reputation for delivering some of the most cost-effective solutions in the broadband wireless access industry. We were particularly impressed by their knowledge of the Niger market and their proven track record of performance,” said Alhassane Diene, CEO of Zamani Telecom.
“With these Telrad devices in place, subscribers now have the possibility of higher date transfer speeds under challenging real-world conditions. Not only did this turnkey solution meet our expectations in terms of throughput, it ended up exceeding them with regard to coverage. The final range of coverage is actually even better than we first anticipated,” Mr Diene said.
Zamani is also seeing considerable cost savings from the new equipment. Prior to the LTE-TDD deployment, the company had to maintain WiMAX devices from two different vendors. Telrad’s solution has allowed Zamani to streamline its infrastructure, resulting in lower OpEx.
“This LTE-TDD network showcases the many advantages of Telrad solutions—from cost to coverage to seamless connectivity. We were excited for this opportunity to work with Zamani and enable them to upgrade their services in order to provide an even better experience for their customers. Their end users will benefit every day from stronger signals, improved reliability and faster speeds,” said Liliane Ginot, Sales Director – Africa at Telrad Networks Ltd.
“At the end of the day, Telrad is about more than superior wireless broadband technology or attractive price points. The company’s commitment to its customers is unparalleled, and we are pleased to know that we can rely on their expertise and support as we further optimize and enhance our network in the future,” said Diene.
Zamani Telecom is wholly owned by businessmen Mohamed Rissa of Rimbo Invest and Moctar Thiam, both of whom had been minority shareholders of Orange Niger. In 2019, France Orange Group completed the sale of its entire 95.5% stake in Orange Niger to Zamani after the transaction received approval from the relevant authorities.
About Telrad Networks
Telrad Networks is a global provider of innovative LTE telecom solutions, boasting over 300 4G deployments in 100 countries. Telrad stands at the forefront of the technology evolution with TD-LTE solutions and a path to 5G in the sub-6 GHz market. Since 1951, the company has been a recognized pioneer in the telecom industry, facilitating the connectivity needs of millions of end users through operators, ISPs and enterprises around the world. (telrad.com)
About Zamani Telecom SA
Zamani Telecom SA (formerly Orange Niger) is one of the primary telecommunications operators in Niger, offering fixed, mobile and Internet services to end consumers as well as businesses. As of November 2020, Zamani has more than 3 million customers on its high-performance mobile network. The company has established solid partnerships with the world’s largest equipment manufacturers and is consistently recognized for its leadership in the industry. (zamanitelecom.com)