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InterCEL + and CBNL build Wireless Network to boost Broadband in Guinea

Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) has announced a partnership with InterCEL + to build a major wireless network.

The development will distribute high-capacity broadband from the ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) submarine fibre system to major urban and business regions in Guinea.

Utilising CBNL’s VectaStar PMP solution, InterCEL + has already established phase one of the network in the capital city of Conakry, offering businesses up to a tenfold increase in bandwidth compared to the legacy WiMAX links they had previously been limited to. In the following phases, InterCEL + will extend connectivity to major urban areas along the coast and inland to the under-served mining regions, which have previously lacked substantial broadband provision.

The project is set to provide a significant boost to local economies across Guinea, offering businesses affordable access to fibre-like broadband speeds that enable a wealth of advanced communications. With the mining sector representing 15% of Guinea’s Gross Domestic Product, the network will drive benefits for the nation.

VectaStar’s efficient business case played a central role in realising the project, offering up to 50% total cost of ownership savings over alternative carrier-grade point-to-point technology. This has enabled InterCEL + to deploy area coverage of 600Mbps across many areas of Conakry, which businesses can connect to in a matter of days.

Mutaz Elbadawi, Chief Commercial Officer, InterCEL +, said: “CBNL’s landmark project with InterCEL + will deliver the ACE fibre system’s high-speed internet to the door of thousands of businesses across the country.

“The network has the potential to revolutionise broadband in Guinea, helping businesses develop value added services, compete on international markets and transform their growth potential”, added Elbadawi. “The platform is now established as a key component of our network strategy and will play an important role as we scale our network capacity in the future.”