In a bid to provide high speed broadband access to a million people in the regional market of Somaliland, Somcable has struck a deal worth over $3m to offer high speed access to subscribers, using fibre-through-the-air (FTTA) technology. Somcable, traditionally a wholesale backbone operator deploying fibre across Africa, has moved into the market of providing network access to consumers as a result of the deal.
Shayan Sanyal, Chief Commercial Officer, Bluwan, talks to telecoms.com at MWC 2013 about the provision of viable small cell backhaul infrastructure.
Shayan Sanyal, chief commercial officer, Bluwan, and Michale Cothill, CEO of Somaliland operator Somcable, talk to telecoms.com at AfricaCom 2012 about delivering ‘fibre-like’ access services to difficult environments at one tenth of the cost of GPON.
Shayan Sanyal, Chief Commerical Officer for Bluwan, talks to telecoms.com about the challenges operators face in delivering large amounts of data and how they can use small cells to overcome this challenge cost effectively. But small cells themselves raise new challenges in terms of backhaul.
LTE mobile broadband has already been rolled out in some markets and is on the verge of deployment in many more, but as data consumption grows, a challenge that will face operators is how to backhaul their LTE networks. Without enough backhaul capacity for their networks, network customers will not feel they are getting the level of service they have paid for, which is one of the prime causes for customer churn.