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November 11, 2010

4G Africa Opts for Alvarion to Deploy Mobile WiMAX Network in Cameroon

By Deepika Mala
TMCnet Contributor

4G Africa AG selected Alvarion Ltd., the world’s premier provider of 4G networks in the Broadband Wireless Access market, to deploy the first Mobile WiMAX (News - Alert) network in Cameroon.

Coverage will be provided, through the deployment in the cities of Douala and Yaoundé, two of Cameroon’s largest metropolitan areas with a total population five million people, using Alvarion’s (News - Alert) end-to-end Mobile WiMAX 4Motion solution at the 2.5 GHz frequency band.

Within the first year, the deployment is expected to provide connectivity to over 10,000 users. For enabling mobile broadband to mass consumers, 4G WiMAX presents an ideal business case. 4G Africa, by building a network based on Alvarion’s leading platform, can cost-effectively offer a wide range of data services to consumers in Cameroon.

“We are excited to work with Alvarion on the first 4G network deployment in Cameroon and introduce a new era of communications to the residents of Douala and Yaoundé,” said Dov Bar-Gera, CEO of 4G Africa, in a press release. “4G Africa is focused on establishing WiMAX networks in emerging Sub-Saharan countries, such as Cameroon with the overall aim to reduce the digital divide. Leveraging Alvarion’s technology and expertise allows us to provide a high-performance quality network, offering valuable broadband services to the residents in this market.”

Though Sub-Saharan Africa is considered to be one of the world’s fastest growing economies, it still lacks the proper infrastructure. Alvarion has an impressive track record of providing operators excellent WiMAX solutions and early deployment capabilities in Africa.

“Bringing Mobile WiMAX services to Cameroon will enable 4G Africa to provide residents with the benefits of a complete wireless broadband experience,” said Eran Gorev, president and CEO of Alvarion, in a press release. “Our advanced technology will provide complete network connectivity and allow 4G Africa to be one step closer to their goal of reducing the digital divide in Sub-Sahara Africa.”

In related news, KeyOn (News - Alert) Communications Holdings, Inc., a provider of wireless broadband, satellite video and voice over Internet protocol services in the United States, selected Alvarion Ltd., a provider of 4G networks in the broadband wireless access market, as its next-generation, 4G wireless equipment supplier.

Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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