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Communication equipment assists fast rollout in Mozambique

23 October 2002 News

Webb Industries' communication equipment has permitted fast rollout of Mozambique's cellphone communication system which will keep holidaymakers in the country in touch. It has supplied several trailer mounted Hilomasts to MCell in Mozambique to give the country's seasonal markets cellphone communications.

During the summer, the country experiences increased demand for cellphone communications in the holiday areas which are often far from regular contact. The Hilomast range of pneumatic telescopic masts have been used as they are quick and easy to erect and once in place provide the necessary cellphone reception precisely where it is required. When no longer needed, the masts can be retracted and moved elsewhere to meet demand.

They are designed and robustly constructed from heat treated aluminium alloy to meet the needs of the African continent and are able to withstand the demands placed upon the masts under field conditions, extreme climatic variation and environmental changes. They can be extended up to 30 m by using low pressure air which is supplied either from a compressor or, in the case of smaller masts, from a foot pump. The masts can also be integrated into a vehicle and draw air from the vehicle's air supply.

A full-length keyway is machined in each of the tubes to prevent relative rotation allowing them to be used for supporting directional antennas or other applications.

According to Webb Industries, the Hilomasts have potential in other African countries which cannot afford to roll out a full communications system but require mobility which gives flexibility to the network and coverage where it is required. It is also quick to deploy and does not need a full site infrastructure as it is entirely mobile.

Webb Industries also recently supplied in excess of 40 Hilomasts for the mobile rollout of MTN in Nigeria, allowing the country to enjoy immediate cellphone communication through a flexible system.



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