[svlug] Fwd: [BDPA-Africa] A WiMax network goes live in Tanzania

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 20:39:39 PST 2007


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From: Chifu <chifu2222 at gmail.com>
Date: Nov 20, 2007 4:24 PM
Subject: [BDPA-Africa] A WiMax network goes live in Tanzania
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A WiMax network goes live in Tanzania
By W. David Gardner
Courtesy of InformationWeek
(11/15/2007 4:28 PM EST)


A WiMax network debuted in Tanzania Thursday as the service was
offered in the African country's commercial center in Dar es Salaam.
Eventually a nationwide WiMax grid is planned covering six major
cities, according to Redline Comunications.
The deployment is a partnership of Canada's Redline, South Africa's
RapidCloud Technology and Tanzania's Hotspot Business Solutions. In
addition to the Dar es Salaam deployment, the initial phase of the
rollout will include the establishment of a Redline RedMAX network in
Arusha next month.

"With Redline's extensive experience installing OFDM and WiMax
systems, we will be able to quickly deploy our network and deliver
revenue-generating broadband services," said Emmanuel Nyaki,
Hotspot's chief executive officer, in a statement. Hotspot is a
regional telecommunications provider in Tanzania, and Nyaki said
Hotspot hopes to gain a rapid return on its WiMax investment because
of the network's capability of handling heavy subscriber capacity.

Noting that Hotspot expects to increase its subscriber base by 60 %
over the next two years, Redline said the second phase of the
deployment will get underway in January as the WiMax service is
brought to Zanzibar, Morogoro, and the capital city of Dodoma.
According to the Redline release "Hotspot will be able to deliver
high quality voice, video, and data Internet services to government
agencies, corporations, educational institutions, and residents
across Tanzania."

RapidCloud will manage and coordinate the network and provide local
logistical and post-sales operational support.

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