16 May MAFI News – May 2018
New Dual ERS bracket
In April MAFI started shipping its new Dual ERS bracket. This solution (MAFI 6024) has been developed from the ERS bracket MAFI 6023, which remains in MAFI´s catalogue.
The major difference between the previous 6023 and the 6024 is that the 6024 fits together with ERS units with a hole pattern of both cc 30 mm and cc 80 mm. The 6023 only fits together with ERS units with hole pattern of cc 30 mm.
”This new solution fits all Ericsson´s ERS-units with a hole pattern of cc 30 or 80 millimeters,” explains Jan Fridén, Manager Business Unit MAFI Integrated Solutions.
With the 6024 it´s possible to mount two ERS units with any of the hole patterns.
”This is a global Ericsson product,” Jan continues. ”And we´re shipping it all over the world.”
GPS mount for all markets
After a request from the Indian market, MAFI developed a special GPS mount.
Basically, the GPS mount extends the distance from the pole to the GPS, so it gets a free line of sight.
It is designed to carry a GPS unit attached to a vertical or inclined structural leg member.
”The equipment offset is 390 mm (15,3 in) from member to centre of equipment.
Since there is a growing interest in this solution, MAFI 3058, from several other markets, MAFI has decided to market and ship it worldwide.
The bracket is fast and easy to mount on the pole. It can be tilted vertically without dismounting it from the pole.
opportunities in West Africa
”MAFI has got what the growing telecom market needs in West Africa,” says Barfi Agyei who is MAFI´s representative in West Africa. During April and May, he will investigate the interest for its solutions in West Africa.
Being born in Ghana, Barfi has a good knowledge of the region, and he has a Bachelor of commerce and has also studied international sales and marketing with B2B marketing, advanced sales, supply chain management as main subjects.
”Ghana and Nigeria are two large and growing internet markets, which offers perfect opportunities for MAFI, Barfi explains.”
Together Nigeria and Ghana have a population of 215 million people. The most common way to connect to the Internet is via a smartphone. In Ghana, the internet penetration through mobile phones is 34% and in Nigeria about 20%. ”And since basically everyone wants to be connected to the internet, there is a growing number of providers that are planning new roll-outs in both countries,” Barfi continues.
There will be roll-outs in both 3G and 4G. In Ghana, for instance, the government demands that the 3G net has to cover the villages in the countryside before they can start building 4G in the major cities.
Together with MAFI´s management, he has made a business plan which aims to establish the company in the region.
”The following weeks I will meet representatives from MTN, the largest mobile provider in both countries, as well as entrepreneurs, installation companies and tower owners,” says Barfi. ”I want to know what their needs are and how we can match them and how we can help build infrastructure for the telecom segment, both fast and to a competitive cost, and still offer the highest quality.”
Ghana and Nigeria offer perfect opportunities for MAFI.