, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – Airtel Kenya and Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd (CBNL) have been named joint winners at the 2015 Telecoms.com awards that took place earlier this month at The Tower Hotel, London.
The two companies received top honours in the ‘Virtualization Excellence’ category, recognising CBNL’s support for Airtel Kenya in providing latest network solutions that have consistently improved network quality and coverage hence helping the company to grow its Enterprise business and reach out to more underserved customers.
The Telecoms.com awards seek to celebrate the outstanding achievements across the telecommunication sector. 200 of the industry’s most innovative global service providers and vendors took part in the awards ceremony, with Airtel Kenya CBNL’s winning project chosen by a distinguished panel of judges.
Though developing virtualization techniques in their market leading VectaStar technology, CBNL was able to provide backhaul and enterprise access for Airtel Kenya over a single shared point-to-multipoint network. By virtualizing different classes of traffic over the same physical infrastructure, Airtel Kenya was able to unlock spare backhaul capacity on the VectaStar network to roll out additional enterprise access.
This highly innovative and cost effective approach facilitated wider coverage of Airtel Kenya’s carrier-grade business broadband, including to previously underserved areas helping the company to grow its customer base and strengthen its position as one of the leading communication providers in the country.
In a statement, Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi the awards demonstrate the huge investments Airtel continues to make in its network and business to ensure unparalleled service delivery to all across the country.
“As the leading telecommunication service provider in Kenya, Airtel continues to seek the most high-performance solution for every aspect of our network in order to enable customers to receive the best quality of service available. We know that a quality service culture is essential in sustaining and driving the continuous growth for the business and Airtel will continue to pay attention to the things such as good network quality that is critical in improving our customer experience,” said El Youssefi.
On his part, Vice President Sales- Europe, East and West Africa Patrick Dravet said; “For us to win awards of this stature and be among the industry’s biggest players is a fantastic recognition that we are proud of. We are very thankful to Airtel Kenya for having chosen CBNL as a business partner. Be assured that CBNL will continue to support Airtel Kenya in deploying latest innovation of mobile and enterprise access services.”
Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd (CBNL) was established in the year 2000 when ten engineers from Cambridge University secured private equity funding to develop an innovative solution to the increased demand for mobile communications. From this vision, CBNL developed its VectaStar platform which has gone on to establish the company as the clear market leader in point to multipoint microwave.
VectaStar networks are now deployed by service providers across 42 countries for mobile backhaul, small cell backhaul, enterprise access and ISP networks. CBNL customers include over 70 service providers, including seven of the world’s top ten mobile operators.