WiMAX wireless broadband internet access provider Augere, which operates under the Qubee brand, has announced that its networks in Bangladesh and Pakistan reached 125,000 and 75,000 WiMAX subscribers respectively at the end of March 2012, representing a 130% year-on-year increase across the combined operations. In Bangladesh, Qubee’s WiMAX internet customer base grew by 178% in the twelve-month period, while in Pakistan the subscriber growth rate was 79% over the year. Augere’s CEO, David Venn, said: ‘We are delighted to have reached the 200,000 customer mark across two of our key markets. This demonstrates the viability of our business model, which centres on providing wireless broadband access in major population hubs in fast growing markets. It is also rewarding to see an increasing number of people in the developing world having access to a fast, reliable and affordable wireless broadband service which allows for instant connectivity with people, business and entertainment technologies around the world.’ Both the Pakistani and Bangladeshi Qubee services launched in 2009, and Augere says it had rolled out a combined total of more than 700 WiMAX base stations by the end of 2011. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Qubee is second in the Bangladeshi WiMAX market, behind Banglalion Communications, which signed up 200,000 WiMAX broadband internet users by the start of 2012.
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