Netpage has launched a new WiMAX-based wireless broadband service in Gambia, under the banner ‘4G Max Evolution’, which hit the market on 15 March 2012. Netpage is offering fixed-wireless internet connection speeds of up to 20Mbps and ‘fully mobile’ connectivity with speeds of up to 9Mbps over a WiMAX 802.16e-based network in the 2.3GHz to 2.4GHz frequency range. Modem devices being offered at launch are: the ‘Max Egg’ mobile WiMAX/Wi-Fi router (promising data speeds of up to 9Mbps), the ‘Max Indoor’ WiMAX/Wi-Fi modem (up to 12Mbps), and the Max Outdoor WiMAX antenna/modem for extended coverage within 15km of a Netpage base station (up to 20Mbps). A Netpage spokesperson said that: ‘the devices that we have can provide speeds of up to 40Mbps’. At launch the wireless broadband service offers coverage of eight locations in the greater Banjul/Serrekunda region. Planned coverage in the near future encompasses 14 locations.
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