Angola Communications Systems (ACS), a unit of Angolan telco MSTelcom, has chosen Alvarion’s BreezeMAX Extreme WiMAX solution to upgrade and expand its wireless broadband network, with a WiMAX 802.16e (mobile-ready) deployment, operating in the 4.9GHz frequency range. ACS’s new network will provide broadband services to Luanda business customers, to local municipalities and to various provincial towns and villages as last mile access. ‘Expanding beyond a traditional carrier model, service providers like ACS are enabling both rural and urban Africa to move forward at a rapid pace,’ said Eran Gorev, president and CEO of Alvarion. The contract is worth around USD2 million.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MSTelcom, a subsidiary of national oil company Sonangol, launched its first WiMAX services in March 2008 – also in partnership with Alvarion amongst other vendors – and has deployed WiMAX networks in locations including Luanda, Cabinda, Benguela and Malanje. Headquartered in Luanda, ACS is a unit of MSTelcom providing private network solutions to corporate and government clients, data transmission and internet access via wireless broadband and satellite (VSAT) systems across Angola.