UMTS900 equipment has been deployed by Huawei in the MTN Ghana network. For the first time in Africa, a successful deployment of UMTS is done for voice, video and data in the 900MHz frequency band.
The network is based on Huawei’s 3900-Series Node B. A bandwidth of just 4.2 MHz is supported by the system to provide UMTS service while working seamlessly with the existing GSM network.
It is intended by the MTN to use the technology as a means of extending its 3.5G network to more rural communities.