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The Small Cell Forum
CBNL is a full member of The Small Cell Forum - formerly the Femto Forum - who support the wide-scale adoption of small cells.
Small cells are low-power wireless access points that operate in licensed spectrum, are operator-managed and feature edge-based intelligence.
They provide improved cellular coverage, capacity and applications for homes and enterprises as well as metropolitan and rural public spaces.
They include technologies variously described as femtocells, picocells, microcells and metrocells.
The Forum has in excess of 130 members including 63 operators representing more than 1.71 billion mobile subscribers – 33 per cent of the global total – as well as telecoms hardware and software vendors, content providers and innovative start-ups.
Gateway use CBNL’s VectaStar platform to provision 130 hubs and 5000 terminal stations that deliver mobile broadband connections across Nigeria.
Gateway’s core infrastructure connects over 580 million people, across more than 40 African countries.
Gateway’s infrastructure throughout Africa includes over 50 satellite transponders, 24 dedicated teleports and access to multiple sub-sea cable landing ports.
Gateway Communications is wholly owned by Vodacom Group Limited, which is listed on the JSE Limited under the symbol VOD.
A leading global manufacturer and service provider of telecommunication, computer and electronic devices, NEC has devoted more than 100 years of technological innovation to providing its customers with solutions of genuine value through innovative technologies for everyday use.
Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN)
The NGMN Alliance consists of 53 world leading global network operators, technology vendors and universities.
The network operators represent more than half of all mobile phone users worldwide and technology vendors represent more than 90 per cent of implemented mobile wireless infrastructure.
The key objective of NGMN is to provide a platform for innovation for mobile broadband communications that enables an exceptional mobile user experience – cost-effective and user-friendly services and a range of end user devices like mobile phones and embedded mobile devices for laptops, consumer electronics, game consoles.
CBNL has selected Benchmark Electronics, Inc. as its strategic manufacturing partner.
Benchmark provides electronics manufacturing, design and engineering services to original equipment manufacturers of telecommunication equipment, computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, industrial control equipment, and testing and instrumentation products.
Ranked as a top 10 EMS supplier by iSuppli, Benchmark provides world-class electronics manufacturing services to CBNL enabling it to expand production for its VectaStar product portfolio.