Giza Systems and Bluwan join hands to accelerate Middle East network rollouts

broadbandBluwan’s LinkFusion, operating in the 42 GHz band, is expected to provide the high bandwidth requirements for increased network density. (Image source: cogdogblog/Flickr) Bluwan SA, a provider of carrier-grade multi-gigabit wireless solutions, has entered into a strategic partnership with Giza Systems, a systems integrator and solution provider, to accelerate heterogeneous network (HetNet) deployments

The two companies would provide capital expenditure and operational expenditure multi-gigabit backhaul to metro and dense urban areas in order to satisfy the increasing demand for mobile broadband in the Middle East.

Bluwan’s LinkFusion, operating in the 42 GHz band, is expected to provide the high bandwidth requirements for increased network density, avoiding the expensive trenching of laying cable at a much lower total cost of ownership than point-to-point (PTP) wireless backhaul solutions.

The LinkFusion system also offers a relay product, giving operators the ability to extend the range of the system. Operators could benefit from the wide array of antennas to light up street canyons in their metro cell deployments.

Shehab ElNawawi, CEO at Giza Systems, said, “The demand for mobile broadband in the Middle East in the past year alone has been exacerbated by increased consumer usage of mobile TV, over-the-top (OTT) and mobile cloud services.

“Bluwan’s LinkFusion backhaul solution is able to provide both the speed and capacity required for the cell densification we are seeing in the region. It also matches our common goal to enable carriers to deliver a stellar customer experience while keeping operating costs under control," he added.

Shayan Sanyal, chief commercial officer at Bluwan, said, “Giza Systems’ knowledge of its customer base, and track record in bringing disruptive technologies to the region complements our mission to increase our regional reach in the Middle East and North Africa.”

The partnership covers more than 20 countries, from North Africa to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC). Operator trials have begun in the UAE, and would continue in Egypt, where Giza Systems is headquartered.

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