Kazakh WiMAX operator AERO has enlisted California-based vendor PureWave to deploy its Quantum 6600 mobile WiMAX base stations in Karaganda, as part of an ongoing network upgrade programme. To date AERO has deployed a total of 60 base transceiver stations (BTS), with a further 90 scheduled for deployment soon.
With reference to the harsh sub-zero winter conditions in Karaganda, Stepan Vadyunin, CEO of AB Group, AERO’s parent company, commented: ‘With such difficult weather conditions, we expect our wireless network equipment to be rugged and robust and PureWave base stations are designed for such conditions … Our previous WiMAX base stations reached their capacity at about 80 subscribers and provided limited indoor coverage. With PureWave we have been able to support up to 300 subscribers per three-sector base station, and we still have capacity to spare since we can now deliver service over 10MHz channels’.
According to Vadyunin, AERO’s WiMAX network currently offers population coverage of around one million people in a territory of approximately 500 square kilometres.