Augere contracts Huawei for WiMAX expansion

14 Sep 2011

Bangladeshi WiMAX broadband provider Augere Wireless (Qubee) has awarded a network expansion contract to China’s Huawei. The agreement, of undisclosed value, covers the rollout of WiMAX base transceiver stations (BTS) across Bangladesh using SingleRAN solutions (supporting future upgrades to dual mode WiMAX/LTE TDD). The Qubee network was launched in Bangladesh in October 2009, and covered Dhaka, Baipayl and Chittagong by June 2011. By that date parent Augere was operating wireless networks comprising more than 650 BTS and serving over 100,000 broadband customers, mainly in Pakistan and Bangladesh (up from 500 BTS and 65,000 subscribers in those two countries at end-2010). Qubee Bangladesh claims to be the leading wireless broadband service provider in the country, growing its user base ‘by 164%’ in the six months to the end of June 2011. Augere currently has access to wireless spectrum in Pakistan, Bangladesh, the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in India, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Spectrum is being actively pursued across Africa and Asia.

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