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October 26, 2010

Antigua Computer Technologies Installs Redline-based Fixed WiMAX Network

By Calvin Azuri
TMCnet Contributor

The installation of a Redline-based fixed WiMAX network has been completed by Antigua Computer Technologies Networks. Remote and challenging bay station locations can be provided with last-mile Internet connectivity with this island-wide WiMAX (News - Alert) network. An announcement in this regard has been made by the top provider of carrier-grade secure wireless broadband products globally, Redline Communications Group Inc.

The ACT WiMAX network has been installed in 33 tower locations. The network has 72 base station sectors with over 1.3 Gigabits of data capacity. A low-cost user-installed indoor radio is offered by the ACT network for residential subscribers. The business subscribers are offered a wall-mounted outdoor antenna which provides connectivity service of up to 20 Mbps. Local schools, libraries, and other public buildings have been connected by ACT to their wireless network; this has been done as a service to the community.

Future Technologies is a Redline Certified Partner. The network planning, staging, and project management for the duration of the roll-out was performed by Future Technologies.

In a press release, Salomon Doumith, CEO of ACT Networks, said, "Our business goal was to offer reliable broadband wireless, but we also had a strong social agenda to bring connectivity to schools and other public offices which require tremendous amounts of data throughput. Redline's high capacity base stations gave us enough capacity to service our customers and offer broadband to the schools." 

According to Nino Canu, CEO of Future Technologies, during the extension of the ACT network throughout the island, the company faced some unique challenges. The hilly and uneven topology of Antigua would be very difficult for any wireless technology. However in this case this was predominant due to the goal of providing affordable high-speed broadband Internet services. High performance, cost-effective and long-range connectivity to these hard-to-reach locations were however delivered by Redline, concluded Canu.

In a statement, Lynda Partner, VP of Marketing for Redline, said, "As they look ahead to growing their business over the long-term, network operators and carriers need versatile, reliable solutions that will perform under the most remote and challenging environments."

Partner added that the non- line-of-site networks have been interconnected by ACT leveraging the company’s broadband wireless products.  ACT has also provided high-performance access at a very competitive price.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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