Broadband wireless access technology provider Airspan Networks has revealed that it is providing equipment and solutions for the WiMAX network launched in mid-March by Gambian ISP Netpage. Airspan’s macro base station, Air4G, forms part of the Greater Banjul network, with services aimed at businesses and private users. Expansion plans are already in place for full nationwide coverage, Airspan said in a press release, with Netpage intending to add Airspan’s AirSynergy Pico product to the network in the second quarter of this year to help boost capacity and fill in coverage gaps. ‘Gambia has been very fortunate to avoid much of the economic turmoil experienced by the rest of the world, this stability has enabled us to leverage the economic situation and help deliver faster and more dependable internet connectivity to our country,’ stated Simon Abraham, CEO of Netpage. He added: ‘We are extremely proud to be the first 4G [mobile WiMAX] network providers in the country and are very pleased with the performance and expertise delivered by Airspan Networks. Additionally, the flexibility of their equipment offers a seamless migration plan from WiMAX to LTE, making it very simple to add LTE users at our own pace.’
As reported earlier this month by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Netpage launched its WiMAX 802.16e-based service under the ‘4G Max Evolution’ brand, offering both fixed-wireless and mobile internet access with peak download speeds of up to 20Mbps and 9Mbps respectively; the 2.3GHz/2.4GHz wireless broadband network initially covers eight locations in the Greater Banjul/Serrekunda region, with planned coverage expansion in the near future encompassing 14 locations.