(The following was issued by Israel's Ceragon Networks
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
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
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
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
"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.