Vodacom Lesotho and Airspan ink WiMAX deal

22 Apr 2008

US vendor Airspan Networks has announced a WiMAX contract with cellco Vodacom Lesotho. Under the deal TVS, a South African ‘systems integrator’ and Airspan reseller, will supply Airspan’s MicroMAX base stations and customer premises equipment (CPE) for a WiMAX network operating in the 3.3GHz to 3.5GHz band. No financial or rollout details were disclosed. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Vodacom had an 83% share of the cellular market at the end of 2007, with 365,000 subscribers. It intends to use WiMAX to offer IP data services to its current customer base as an alternative to fixed line broadband access in the mountainous enclave of Lesotho, where the nature of the terrain makes it difficult to deploy traditional cable infrastructure. In compliance with its licence requirements however, the cellco will not be offering VoIP services.

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