By Wallace Mawire
Paratus Telecom, the largest privately owned Pan-African telecoms
operator and a leading service provider in Zambia, has installed
cutting-edge wireless broadband technology that reduces signal
interference and enables greater coverage with less infrastructure.

According to Tammy Levy RADWIN spokesperson, the JET Bi-Directional Beamforming PtMP base
station system supplied by global wireless broadband provider Radwin
provides high-capacity last-mile connectivity to residential and
enterprise users in Lusaka as well as in various other provinces.
Paratus Telecom has also installed RADWIN 2000 point-to-point for
high-capacity backhaul while Beacon Telecom, Radwin’s partner in
Zambia, was responsible for project design and implementation.

Marius van Vuuren, country manager for Paratus Telecom in Zambia
said the company selected JET after a thorough competitive evaluation.
Vuuren said that JET is a quick-to-market solution at a fraction of
the cost of fibre.

He said that one of the biggest network challenges is interference,
mainly in densely populated areas. This is largely due to many of
points-of-presence and high sites being shared sites with other

JET’s unique Bi-Directional Beamforming technology fights
interference and allows Paratus Telecom to provide greater coverage
with less infrastructure. With JET PtMP, it can deliver up to 50 Mbps
at ranges of up to 15 Km, even in challenging non-line-of-sight (NLOS)
conditions where direct line-of-sight is obstructed by buildings or

Radwin’s ruggedised units operate in harsh weather, providing the
high-speed connection customers require.
It is also added that the combination of Radwin’s advanced
technology and the presence of a partner like Beacon Telecom led to
the successful fruition of the project.

It is also reported that as the network continues to grow, JET will
easily scale to accommodate more subscribers and deliver greater

Beacon Telecom Technical Director, Helit Bauberg said that
telecom service providers that they work with truly value Radwin’s
carrier-grade solutions. Features such as JET’s multi-band support,
NLOS and long-distance provisioning are reorted to be very appealing.

He said that more importantly, the fact that JET is extremely simple
to install and maintain, thanks to its intuitive planning tools and
simple operation position, makes it the perfect solution.

Jet sales director Southern African region Nicholas Ehrke says JET
carrier-grade systems are adopted by leading service providers in the
world, based on their commercial and technical merit.

He said that their equipment is built to last and allows operators
to roll out high-speed broadband fast and reach areas where fibre
cannot reach or is not financially viable.

He added that JET dramatically reduces interference and gives
service providers the optimal solution for provParatus Telecom in
Zambia, is part of the Paratus Telecom Group, one of the largest 100%
privately owned Telecommunications Operators in Africa with its head
office in Windhoek, Namibia. Paratus Telecom in Zambia was founded as
Internet Technologies Zambia in 2010.

Since inception, Paratus Telecom has established a network extending
to major industrial and commercial centres throughout Zambia, with
additional international points-of-presence located in Johannesburg
and Cape Town (South Africa), Gaborone (Botswana), Windhoek (Namibia),
Luanda (Angola), Kinshasa and Lubumbashi (DRC), Lisbon (Portugal) as
well as London (UK).

Paratus Zambia was issued with a Service Provider Licence by the
Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) in
2011. Paratus provides exceptional communication service to the
corporate sector of the Zambian market.iding high speed broadband to
their residential and business customers

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