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Aviat Networks Upgrades MTN Ghana's Microwave Backbone Capacity



       Aviat Networks Upgrades MTN Ghana's Microwave Backbone Capacity

Aviat STR600 Split-Mount Trunking Radio Delivers Ultra-High Capacity

PR Newswire

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 12, 2013

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AFRICACOM -- Aviat
Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW), the leading expert in microwave networking
solutions, today announced that it is deploying its STR600 ultra-high capacity
microwave radio solution for MTN Ghana as a part of the upgrade of the leading
African mobile operator's backhaul network to full IP capability. The STR600
links will form a critical element of the MTN Ghana backbone network,
supporting a resilient, ultra-high capacity ring network delivering more than
1.8Gbps of data throughput.

Aviat's STR600 enables MTN Ghana to upgrade its existing Aviat Eclipse
backbone network without having to deploy new all-indoor trunking radios. The
STR600 radio is fully compatible with Aviat's currently installed Eclipse
platform enabling equipment reuse while providing a significant increase in
backbone capacity and minimizing upgrade costs. The new system combines
increased bandwidth efficiency to make the most of MTN Ghana's licensed
frequency spectrum with performance enhancing techniques to overcome possible
transmission problems posed by the atmosphere over long microwave paths.
STR600 is available in the 6, 7, 8 and 11GHz frequency bands.

"For many years, we have built our backhaul network using Aviat's Eclipse
hybrid platform, and now we are migrating the entire network to IP," says
Hendrik Vorster, Chief Technical Officer, MTN Ghana. "The STR600 enables us to
significantly increase our backbone capacity while maintaining compatibility
with our Eclipse installed base."

"A trend is underway in Africa for many mobile operators to decrease site
infrastructure and optimize operational expenditure by deploying new
split-mount trunk radio solutions as an alternative to traditional all-indoor
radios. Our STR600 solution allows operators to drastically reduce, or
eliminate, the need for large site shelters and air conditioning systems,"
says Stuart Little, director of solutions marketing, Aviat Networks. "Smaller
shelters and less air-conditioning mean lower power needs, smaller generators
and dramatically reduced diesel fuel consumption." STR600 also simplifies
antenna installation (i.e., eliminating waveguide and pressurization systems)
and, in many, cases reducing antenna sizes due to improved transmission power,
thus decreasing the effects of wind on tower swaying. Little adds, "We are
also seeing a wave of tower outsourcing across Africa, so smaller antennas
directly equate to diminished leasing costs for operators."

Aviat Networks will showcase the STR-600 split-mount trunking solution in
booth D01 of the Cape Town International Convention Center during AfricaCom.

About Aviat Networks

Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW) is the leading global provider of
microwave networking solutions transforming communications networks to handle
the exploding growth of IP-centric, multi-Gigabit data services. With more
than 750,000 systems installed around the world, Aviat Networks provides
LTE-proven microwave networking solutions to mobile operators, including some
of the largest and most advanced 4G/LTE networks in the world. Public safety,
utility, government and defense organizations also trust Aviat Networks'
solutions for their mission-critical applications where reliability is
paramount. In conjunction with its networking solutions, Aviat Networks
provides a comprehensive suite of localized professional and support services
enabling customers to effectively and seamlessly migrate to next generation
Carrier Ethernet/IP networks. For more than 50 years, customers have relied on
Aviat Networks' high performance and scalable solutions to help them maximize
their investments and solve their most challenging network problems.
Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Aviat Networks operates in 46
countries around the world. For more information, visit www.aviatnetworks.com
or connect with Aviat Networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, MTN is a global telecommunications group, operating in 22
countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The countries are: Afghanistan,
Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea
Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville),
Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. The
MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the
share code: "MTN."

SOURCE Aviat Networks, Inc.

Website: http://www.aviatnetworks.com
Contact: Gary Croke, Aviat Networks, Inc., (650) 248-3400,
gary.croke@aviatnet.com, Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive, MTN,
(233) 244 300000, clumor@mtn.com.gh
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