Huawei Technologies and Banglalink have jointly deployed Huawei’s Butterfly Site solution to profitably connect the unconnected in rural areas.
Huawei says the solution helped Banglalink optimize the TCO structure of rural sites and resolve the conflicts between offering coverage services and gaining profits from the services. The vendor said the joint effort will help increase mobile broadband usage in Bangladesh.
Huawei’s Butterfly Site uses two high-gain 90-degree antennas and a high-power remote radio unit (RRU) to retain the same coverage even when one sector is diminished. The Butterfly Site solution reduces use of antennas and RRUs by one third, and is designed for low weight and low power consumption, which enables pole mounting and support for solar power.
Banglalink has already deployed Butterfly sites in the suburbs of Dhaka. That deployment has verified Butterfly’s capability to support continuous networking and hybrid networking with three-sector sites, said Sanjay Vaghasia, Chief Digital Officer, Banglalink.
“When mobile operators are faced with challenge of expanding mobile coverage in diverse rural areas, the only way to stay competitive is through innovation,” Vaghasia said. “We have made this available in some of the lower densely-populated deep rural areas across the country, and we are very happy to see the results.”
The butterfly site solution is a part of Huawei’s rural network offering that includes Macro nTnR for wide coverage, two-sector Butterfly Sites for cost-effective continuous coverage, and “Simple Site”, which combines on-pole installation and a solar power supply to cover isolated sites.