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HomeAfricaVodafone Egypt First To Deploy Ericsson’s Triple-Band Radio - Business Monthly

Vodafone Egypt First To Deploy Ericsson’s Triple-Band Radio – Business Monthly

Sweden-based tech firm Ericsson announced on June 4 that Vodafone Egypt became the first mobile operator to deploy its triple-band radio, which supports both FDD and TDD spectrum, as part of its network modernization and capacity expansion initiative.

Triple-band ratio

Vodafone Egypt is using the new Radio 4466 product to support 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G across 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz FDD, and 2600 MHz TDD spectrum layers via a single unit, rather than using separate units for each band.

Ericsson claims the deployment marks the first live use of a triple-band radio for those bands.

Consolidating three bands in the same radio not only reduces the amount of equipment on the stower, but also enhances network performance and reduces power consumption, Ericsson said.

For this deployment, using triple band radios lowers the overall energy consumption of Vodafone Egypt’s network by up to 15%, while also reducing site footprint and time to deployment, said Catalin Buliga, technology director at Vodafone Egypt.

“This new triple-band radio unit from Ericsson gives us better cost, faster deployment of 4G/5G services, less energy consumption for our mobile network and less tower load,” he said in a statement.

“Through advanced optimization algorithms and intelligent resource allocation, we can unlock new levels of efficiency, ensuring that every bit of bandwidth is utilized to its fullest potential,” added Håkan Cervell, VP and head of Ericsson Saudi Arabia and Egypt at Ericsson Middle East and Africa.

Over the past 25 years, Vodafone has invested more than EGP 90 billion, positively impacting the lives of over 48 million customers through their dedicated team of 10,000 employees.

5G deployment

This year, Egypt has made significant strides in implementing the 5G network nationwide. Telecom Egypt, the state-owned and largest telecommunications operator in the country, formed a strategic alliance with the Chinese tech giant Huawei earlier in the year to roll out an advanced fifth-generation (5G) network.