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Ceragon Networks (CRNT) Expands African Footprint With Wireless Network Orders

 November 27, 2012 07:10 AM

(By Balaseshan) Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT), a provider of wireless backhaul solutions, said it expands its footprint in sub-Saharan Africa with major wireless network orders totaling $28 million.

Ceragon is continuing to expand its footprint in Africa with long-term equipment and services orders from two large customers in sub-Saharan Africa. Both projects are now under way and are expected to be completed over the next 18 months.

Both orders are from existing customers who have already successfully deployed large scale high-capacity wireless backhaul networks throughout the sub-region, based on Ceragon's Evolution and FibeAir solutions.

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An order of $15 million was received for the expansion of a mobile operator's high-capacity network within this rapidly growing mobile market. The other order of $13 million was received from an existing mobile customer for Ceragon's short haul and long haul solutions as well as professional services.

This operator continues to develop its 2G/3G network in one sub-Saharan country as it begins to expand into another. The improved network quality will allow both mobile operators to offer voice and data services to millions of underserved subscribers who would otherwise not have had access to the services.

"Africa is a key region for us and will continue to represent one of our primary growth engines. The mobile market in Africa continues to expand, despite lengthening sales cycles due to macro-economic factors," said Ira Palti, CEO and President of Ceragon Networks.

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Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, with an average annual growth rate of 44% since 2000, according to a recent report commissioned by the GSMA.

Mobile connections have jumped to 475 million, compared to 12.3 million fixed line connections, representing the highest proportion of mobile versus fixed line connections globally.

CRNT closed Monday's regular session up 1.01% at $4.98. The stock has been trading between $3.91 and $9.76 for the past 52 weeks.

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