South Africa’s second national operator Neotel on Friday announced that it had selected the VectaStar transmission platform from Cambridge Broadband Networks for country wide cellular backhaul deployment.

Neotel, partly owned by the Indian Tata group, has a telecommunications licence to provide services to carriers, businesses and consumers.

The company reported that equipment deployment was beginning in Johannesburg and Pretoria and would be expanded to cover Cape Town and Durban.

Its VectaStar network will offer CDMA backhaul, WiMAX backhaul and corporate access services and enable rapid and cost-effective deployment over a wide geographical area.

“As a greenfield operator, it is essential that we accelerate the implementation of the necessary infrastructure required, to enable us to offer a broad portfolio of services across a large geography. We partnered with Cambridge Broadband Networks because the VectaStar solution supports both backhaul and access services within a single network, and its point-to-multipoint architecture greatly simplifies network planning, deployment and management,” said executive head of technologies Pravir Dahiya.