Dr. Yaw Akoto, Surfline and Daniel Jaeger, Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent and new service provider Surfline Communications have announced the first commercial deployment of a 4G LTE network in Ghana and, more general, in Western and Central Africa.

Surfline Communications Limited will be Ghana’s first 4G LTE service-provider, and is set to launch in the first quarter of 2014.  The company was established to provide wireless broadband and related services to the Ghanaian market.

It’s Surfline’s vision to establish a high-speed network that can be used for multiple data-centric services and applications for the betterment of the country’s overall infrastructure. Surfline is owned by Skybridge Investments Ltd. a wholly owned Ghanaian company and headquartered in Accra, Ghana.

John Taylor, Executive Chairman of Surfline said: “We chose Alcatel-Lucent to build and operate our LTE network because of the strong trust and relationship we developed – and the experience that Alcatel-Lucent has on LTE as a technology, as well as its strong presence in Africa, including Ghana. Alcatel-Lucent’s ultra fast broadband solution, market positioning and 4G LTE leadership were essential for our decision.”

Alcatel-Lucent Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its 4G LTE ultra high-speed mobile broadband product capabilities, which include the LTE Radio Access Network and Evolved Packet Core. It will also install, optimize, maintain and manage the LTE network.

The new IP architecture-based network will give Surfline the ability to quickly and economically expand mobile broadband capacity as customer demand grows. The 4G LTE network will provide Surfline customers access to social networking sites, Internet browsing, e-mail, online gaming, streamed videos and video calling with dramatically increased performance. 

Surfline believes the Ghanaian market has matured beyond the products and services currently available in the market. This is especially true in the data sector. As a data-centric communications provider Surfline will address national requirements for broadband connectivity that will greatly contribute to Ghana’s social and economic growth.

Initial coverage by the network to include the capital, Accra, followed by all major cities and a nationwide rollout.

Daniel Jaeger, Vice-President of Alcatel-Lucent in Africa said: “The recent announcement of Alcatel-Lucent’s “Shift Plan” underlined the importance of our technological edge in next-generation access technologies. Africa represents a major opportunity for growth in ultra-Broadband, and it is a significant part of our strategy to form strategic partnerships with operators like Surfline, who are committed to making a positive contribution to people’s lives. Surfline, its customers and Alcatel-Lucent will all benefit from the deployment of our market leading 4G LTE solution in Ghana.”

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