Telecom Namibia’s start-up joint venture in Angola, MundoStartel (MST), says it is making ‘strong progress’ towards the deployment of a WiMAX wireless broadband network and is aiming to launch services in July this year, reports allAfrica.com. MST is planning to introduce WiMAX services initially in Luanda and Benguela, before expanding its network coverage to Huambo, Huila, Kwanza Sul, Cabinda and Namibia a year later, with further rollouts planned over the following two years. Telecom Namibia bought a 44% stake in MST in 2004, and says it sees ‘great potential’ in the ‘largely untapped market’. It gained Foreign Direct Investor (FDI) approval from Angola’s Council of Ministers in April 2005 and received an FDI certificate the following July. In addition to wireless broadband access, MST is planning to provide fixed line services over a next-generation network (NGN), and has sourced network infrastructure from Chinese vendor ZTE, via an open tender held in 2005.
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