Gateway Communications Nigeria has announced the signing of a contract with Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBN) for the creation of a point-to-multipoint wireless broadband network in Nigeria. Gateway will deploy CBN’s VectaStar II platform to provision 130 hubs and 5,000 terminal stations to deliver last mile broadband connections across the country. Gateway, which has acquired 10.5GHz spectrum licences for point-to-multipoint, is currently building a pan-African MPLS network covering every major African city. The company plans to roll out wireless broadband services across ten Nigerian states in 2010, with Port Harcourt and Abuja scheduled to go live in March. It is anticipated that services will be launched in a further 26 states in 2011. ‘Being able to connect to our enterprise customers in their own premises and control the last mile ensures that all Nigerian business will now be able to benefit from carrier grade solutions, no matter what their size,’ noted Guy Clarke, MD at Gateway Nigeria, adding, ‘Gateway has an aggressive rollout plan for last mile access for its wireless broadband networks in 2010 and 2011. We needed an efficient, reliable and high capacity solution that could be deployed quickly, and CBN’s point-to-multipoint solution met those requirements.’ The latest deal follows Gateway’s successful rollout of its Airlink and MetroLink wireless broadband services using 10.5GHz solutions. Both are currently available in Lagos and will, over the next few months, be delivered to all major metropolitan areas across Nigeria.
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