Safaricom plans nationwide WiMAX network

7 Oct 2009

Israeli equipment supplier Alvarion has announced that it has been contracted by Kenya’s largest wireless operator by subscribers, Safaricom, to deploy a nationwide 802.16e WiMAX network. Using Alvarion’s BreezeMAX solution, the network will enable wireless broadband for residential and corporate users, rural areas, municipalities, banks, schools and universities. The three year, turnkey project will operate in the 3.5GHz frequency band leveraging bandwidth from the newly completed TEAMS undersea fibre-optic cable. Michael Joseph, CEO of Safaricom, said: ‘Our new WiMAX broadband network will enable us to offer high quality broadband services to our customers throughout the country, connecting all of Kenya, and creating new opportunities for business growth for multiple segments. We will rely on Alvarion’s proven WiMAX solutions and unparalleled experience in deploying advanced wireless broadband networks of this kind to help us build the network that will establish Safaricom as a broadband leader in the country.’

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