Telkom Kenya Selects Harris Corporation for Major Network Infrastructure Expansion
Leading African telecommunications operator implements Harris digital microwave radios for central region expansion project
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, January 30, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), a leading global supplier of wireless equipment and services, today announced that Telkom Kenya, the largest telecommunications operator in Africa, has selected Harris microwave digital radios to expand its infrastructure through the entire central Kenyan area. Harris TRuepoint™ and Megastar® 155 PX radios will be used in a digital upgrade designed to improve voice and data services for existing customers and extend services throughout central Kenya.
“The implementation of Harris microwave radios will enable many communication improvements across Kenya,” Sammy K. Kirui, Managing Director of Telkom Kenya, explained. “Internet access will be more widely available and VoIP will also become accessible for the first time, creating alternative, modern methods of communication for the area. In addition, the digitization of the network will provide uninterrupted service and signals that are clear and more secure signals.”
The expanded network will provide a high level of customer service, including minimal dropped calls, low network failure rates and reliable delivery of data and multimedia services, all of which are priorities stated by Telkom Kenya. Harris also will provide local support from planning through implementation.
“The demand for mobile services in Kenya is increasing rapidly, and Telkom Kenya requires a flexible, reliable network to meet this demand,” commented Joseph Joseph, Harris Microwave Communications Division’s managing director for Middle East and Africa. “Harris is proud to help build a solid and reliable network across Kenya and assist Telkom Kenya in reaching its corporate objectives of rapid growth and excellent customer service.”
TRuepoint digital microwave radios lead the wireless backhaul industry in terms of both performance and manageability. Its modular, software-selectable architecture is able to seamlessly switch between PDH and SDH applications, enabling service providers to use a universal platform to deliver multiple applications throughout their networks. Designed specifically to deliver point-to-point wireless service, TRuepoint radios can deliver service from 4 to 155 Mbps at frequencies ranging from 6 to 38 GHz. In addition, service providers can completely manage TRuepoint™ deployments remotely, with SNMP-based management. Built-in diagnostics and performance management are also available.
MegaStar® 155 PX is a high-capacity synchronous digital microwave radio for OC-3 or STM-1 transport. It operates in the 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11 GHz bands, interoperating with standard SONET/SDH multiplexers and ATM switches. MegaStar® 155 PX features a wide selection of antenna coupling unit (ACU) arrangements that accommodate both standard and non-standard channelization plans. The radio offers built-in performance recording with associated charting and analysis software, Co-Channel Dual-Polarized (CCDP) operation and anticipatory errorless switching in either of two compact, easily expandable configurations - 1+1 hot standby or 0:N/1:N multiline.
About Telkom Kenya
Telkom Kenya Limited is a market leader in telecommunications and data communications. Embracing modern technologies in each sector, Telkom Kenya provides solutions for home users, enterprises and international organizations. For more information, visit www.telkom.co.ke.
About Harris Microwave Communications Division
Harris Microwave Communications Division, one of four divisions within Harris Corporation, is the largest supplier of microwave systems in North America and a leading supplier worldwide. Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees — including 5,500 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company’s operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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