Israeli vendor Alvarion has been contracted to supply a WiMAX equipment in three cities to Monarch Communications, a privately-owned company and WiMAX licence holder in several different states of Nigeria. Alvarion did not disclose the size of the contract. Monarch plans to offer WiMAX services to both businesses and private customers. Deployment of the wireless broadband technology will be carried out in Lagos before being extended to the capital Abuja and Port Harcourt. Alvarion president and CEO Tzvika Friedman said, ‘We are pleased to have been selected by Monarch Communications, further increasing our strong presence in Africa. With a population in Nigeria of over 140 million, and fast growing demand for voice and data services, Monarch Communications is facing vast potential for business growth. WiMAX is the best fit technology and our 4Motion [equipment] enables primary broadband services with fast return on investment.’ Elsewhere in Africa, Alvarion has deployed WiMAX in Uganda, Rwanda, and Mauritius so far this year.
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