(The following was issued by Israel's Ceragon Networks (CRNT.O) (CRNT.TA)):
June 14 - Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ: CRNT), the provider of high-capacity, 4G/LTE-Ready wireless backhaul solutions, announced that Digitel Mobile Philippines will invest an additional $9 million in Ceragon's mobile backhaul network equipment in an ongoing expansion of Digitel's 2G/3G cellular services.
Digitel, which operates under the brand name of Sun Cellular, is the fastest growing mobile telecommunications provider in the Republic of the Philippines, estimated to be the world's 12th most populous country with over 92 million citizens.
The newest Digitel order represents just one of numerous follow-on orders for Ceragon, a longtime provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions to Digitel.
The latest order puts more Ceragon gear behind a pair of expansion and upgrade projects for Digitel's 2G/3G metro network.
The operator's Manila-Cebu Alternative Backbone project will now deliver 3G services to the southern part of the country employing native IP overlong-haul microwave technology, while its North Luzon Backbone Expansion project will bring additional 2G service capacity to the north.
Both projects are part of Digitel's Ceragon-enabled migration to an all-IP Ethernet backhaul network that will better service the range of data, multimedia applications, and voice on the operator's expanded network.
In turning once again to Ceragon as its backhaul equipment provider of choice, Digitel cited Ceragon's proven track record in providing highly available, robust, cost-effective, turnkey solutions and services for Digitel.
"Microwave is an ideal approach to quickly and easily setting up the most cost-efficient and consistently reliable backhaul network," said Patrick Lam, Senior Technical Adviser, of Digitel Mobile Philippines Inc. "Our Ceragon-based backhaul even withstood last year's devastating typhoon and flooding, making Digitel the only operator able to keep delivering vital telecom services to people in some of the devastated areas of the country."
"Reliably delivering a demanding range of 3G services and IP-based multimedia applications is a great challenge for operators today," said Ira Palti, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ceragon. "And with microwave clearly representing the most physically resilient approach to backhaul, Ceragon looks forward to supporting the high-reliability demands of Digitel's expanding cellular networks for many years to come."
Digitel, which has relied on Ceragon for its backhaul network since 2005, purchased a mix of traditional TDM and IP-based systems from Ceragon, including the TDM-based FibeAir 3200T, a high-capacity wireless system; theTDM-based FibeAir 1500R, high-capacity SDH/SONET wireless system; and the FibeAir IP-10, which combines IP and TDM networking for risk-free migration to IP.