Digicel, Suriname: Smart Savings

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Digicel Suriname reduces opex and provides higher quality service through installation of state-of-the-art MINK-LINK TN in the remote village of Benzdorp

Digicel was the first operator to bring full GSM mobile coverage to Benzdorp, Suriname, a village located in the middle of the rainforest near the border with French Guyana. Benzdorp is a gold mining site with very basic infrastructure and difficult environmental conditions. Satellite transmission has been replaced by Ericsson’s MINI-LINK TN, providing Digicel with both operational expenditure (opex) savings and better quality service.

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Digicel, Suriname: Smart Savings

  1. 1. Success story Success story Digicel, Suriname COMPANY, COUNTRY smart Savings Digicel Suriname reduces opex and upgrades service with MINI-LINK
  2. 2. long distance connections Digicel was the first operator to bring full GSM Making the long hop Customer Profile mobile coverage to Benzdorp, Suriname, a The major challenge was connecting 98.2 village located in the middle of the rainforest kilometers over dense rainforest, with just one After nine years of operation, Digicel Group near the border with French Guyana. hop, from the existing MINI-LINK TN/Marconi Limited has 11 million customers across Benzdorp is a gold mining site with very basic LH network to the new site in Benzdorp. its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central infrastructure and difficult environmental Phillip van Dalsen, CEO of Digicel Suriname, America and the Pacific. The company is conditions. Satellite transmission has been explains, “In our case, MINI-LINK TN enables known for delivering value, service and replaced by Ericsson’s MINI-LINK TN, providing best-in-class transmission, allowing Digicel to network. As a core value, Digicel believes Digicel with both operational expenditure enhance smartphone services and improve in giving back to the community with (opex) savings and better quality service. the end-user experience with fewer delays and involvement in bringing communications better quality calls. This was not previously to a number of medical and educational Satellite swap-out programs. In 2007, Ericsson installed an RBS 2116 in possible with satellite transmission.” Benzdorp to provide coverage to the site; says, “We are very proud of this achievement, as it provides significant opex savings, as Satellite availability in the region was poor, well as improves the system availability and due to adverse climate conditions, while Digicel Suriname reduces opex and provides higher quality service through installation of state-of-theart MINK-LINK TN in the remote village of Benzdorp. however, the only possible transmission method available at that time was satellite. Website: www.digicelsuriname.com Shivendra Nautiyal, Digicel Suriname CTO, quality, which was quite poor with the satellite power consumption was very high, as solution. We are proud to have link a of 98.2 the satellite station ran on a diesel-fueled kilometers in the middle of the Amazon generator. To address these issues, Digicel and rainforest — one of the longest MINI-LINK TN Ericsson jointly designed a new transmission links in the region.” solution using MINI-LINK TN. Smart savings As Ericsson is the sole supplier of Digicel Installing MINI-LINK TN means big savings for Suriname (for both microwave and GSM), Digicel. Luiz Cabral, Digicel Suriname Account the company’s MINI-LINK TN was a natural Manager, explains, “The replacement of the selection based on its proven performance in satellite station with MINI-LINK TN will reduce tough environments. power consumption by at least 95%.” Digicel
  3. 3. MINI-LINK TN enables best-inclass transmission, allowing Digicel to enhance smartphone services and improve the end-user experience.” Phillip van Dalsen, Chief Executive Officer, Digicel Suriname
  4. 4. The replacement of the satellite station with MINI-LINK TN will reduce power consumption by at least 95%.” Luiz Cabral, Account Manager, Ericsson will see further savings in opex, since fuel is carried to the diesel-generator powered site via a complex logistics involving water and air real IMPACTS OVERVIEW transport (the site is unreachable over land). MINI-LINK is a unique microwave transmission Additionally, Digicel will no longer incur node, handling single hops and access sites as satellite rental costs. well as advanced hub sites for large networks, Digicel Suriname Digicel Suriname’s partnership with Ericsson savings. CUSTOMER OBJECTIVE continues to be marked by innovation in CUSTOMER: > Replace satellite transmission solving telecommunications issues, whether MINI-LINK is a high performance radio link it be solar-powered base station sites or with high capacities and high availability. long-distance hops over the country’s dense MINI-LINK’s best-in-class radio output power rainforest. “As usual, our relationship with provides longer hops with smaller antennas. Ericsson is one based on a high level of professionalism and a great partnership for over three years,” van Dalsen states. > Lower operating costs > Upgrade communications quality ERICSSON SOLUTION > MINI-LINK TN CUSTOMER BENEFITS > Reduced opex > Increased quality for end users > Enhanced data services To find out more about this article, contact Luiz Roberto Cabral Email: luiz.cabral@ericsson.com Ericsson AB SE-164 80 Stockholm Telephone: +46 10 719 0000 Email: asq.us@ericsson.com www.ericsson.com EN/LZT 138 0468 R1A © Ericsson AB 2010

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