Regional internet service provider (ISP) iWayAfrica, which was acquired by Gondwana International Networks (GIN) in December 2013, has selected Telrad Networks’ Dual Mode solution to evolve its fixed WiMAX networks to Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology. According to a joint press release, Telrad will provide its BreezeCOMPACT 1000 base stations, which combined with dual mode CPEs, will assist the smooth evolution to TD-LTE. The deployment will initially bring enhanced connectivity to business subscribers in Nairobi (Kenya), before being extended across iWayAfrica’s sub-Saharan Africa footprint, which currently comprises over 44 countries. Ken Munyi, managing director of iWayAfrica Kenya, said: ‘Telrad has helped us with a master plan to upgrade our system in a way that leverages our current network, while taking strategic steps toward LTE. Our upgraded network offers scalability that will help us increase customer satisfaction, expand our customer base and maximise our return on investment.’
According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, iWay Africa was formed through the amalgamation of Africa Online and AFSAT in May 2011. On 20 December 2013 then owner Telkom South Africa sold the pan-African broadband businesses to GIN, in order to focus on its core South African fixed line and mobile operations.