on February 22, 2010  

Cairo-based Mobiserve just announced that Dubai’s WiMax metro network has been completed and implemented. Commuters will have internet access on all Wi-Fi enabled devices including smartphones and laptops, with average broadband speeds at stations reaching 4Mbps and backhaul speed onboard trains reaching 2Mbps. Installed by Du, this network is the first mobile WiMax network to be launched in the United Arab Emirates.

Mobiserve, a solution providers for telecommunication and engineering services, started working on the project in June of 2009 and was able to complete implementation on over 20 stations city wide over the course of three months.

“As the Middle East’s first rail line Wi-Fi enabled network, Dubai Metro’s WiMax network marks a real evolution in Dubai’s transport by giving commuters truly mobile Internet while traveling on the go,” said Sameh Atalla, CEO of Mobiserve.

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on February 19, 2010  

Digicel has chosen Alepo Technologies as its partner for its roll out of WiMax commercial services in Jamaica. Alepo contribues its 16e AAA server, policy server, service enabler software and DHCP server. It provides a bundled OSS/BSS solution with the capability of supporting tens of thousands of WiMax users in Jamaica.

Digicel’s WiMax network is set to launch in the second quarter of 2010. It was announced yesterday that Trinidad and Tobago’s government handed out WiMax licenses too.

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on February 18, 2010  

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago awarded a WiMax license to TSTT. The company plans to provide services to the entire nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

WiMAX has for some time been part of our strategic plan as the nation’s only full service provider, to dramatically increase access throughout Trinidad and Tobago,” TSTT CEO Roberto Peon said. “TSTT is committed to rolling out innovative and state-of-the-art products and services. We intend to fully leverage our recent successful use of this technology under temporary authorization during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, as we roll out services across Trinidad and Tobago.”

WiMax is 4G wireless broadband technology that brings high speeds to consumers and its quick deployment makes it one of the most wanted telecom technologies by cell and internet providers. TSTT served the country first with 3G wireless technology. With WiMax, the company can further expand its customer base with voice and data broadband offerings.

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on February 17, 2010  

Iberbanda and Alvarion deployed 1000 base stations in Spain. Iberbanda, using Alvarion’s BreezeMAX  base stations for the 3.5 GHz frequency, covers many of the people of Spain.

Iberbanda focuses service in rural and underserved areas, offering direct service or through another service re-seller. Coverage areas include Castilla y Leon, Catalunya, Navarra and Andalucia.

“We are committed to bring advanced broadband services and applications to our customers,” said Mr. Ricardo Gomez Villagran, CEO of Iberbanda. “Through Alvarion’s robust cutting-edge WiMAX solutions, top quality radio performance and highly stable networks, we are able to offer efficient high-quality broadband services to our customers.”

“The WiMAX Forum congratulates Iberbanda for reaching this important milestone in its deployment using Alvarion’s WiMAX Forum Certified equipment,” said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. “WiMAX networks continue to expand at a very healthy pace despite challenges from the slowly recovering global economy, and we look forward to more meaningful progress from the ecosystem in 2010.”

Alvarion’s BreezeMAX base station is based on OFDM radio innnovation, providing state-of-the-art 4G functionality on one of the most deployed WiMax platforms. The company uses advanced technology which increases power efficiency, minimizing environmental impact of its solutions and improving operator’s business with lower cost of total ownership.… Read the rest

on February 16, 2010   |   1 comment

First International Telecom has chosen Motorola to deploy a WiMax network in northern Taiwan. Fitel and Motorola have teamed together in the past.

Fitel will offer commercial WiMax after the network in certified by the National Communications Commission in March. Motorola deployed base stations for Fitel in 2008. Motorola will now design, supply and deploy a comprehensive WiMax network that is fast to market and turnkey solution to meet the operators needs.

“The high-speed mobile data service is a fast growing market for operators. The new mobile broadband network based on WiMAX technology will enable FiTEL to offer services such as mobile digital entertainment and low-cost broadband access, fulfilling customers’ needs and creating new revenue streams,” said Ms. Min Yu Chang, chairwoman of FiTEL. “We are impressed by Motorola’s advanced WiMAX solutions and their dedicated and professional servicing team. They ensure a fast and smooth deployment of such a sophisticated network. High performance and reliable services are important to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction.”

Motorola has helped three of the six operators with WiMax licenses launch networks in Taiwan and is one of the fastest growing WiMax markets. FarEasTone and Global Mobile are two operators that have launched WiMax networks in the Asian country. Alvarion recently set up a Interoperability Testing Lab in Taiwan, allowing companies to send their products in country instead of outsourcing and thus, saving on shipping costs.

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on February 12, 2010  

As part of efforts by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to improve communications facilities across Haiti, ten WiMax base stations are being shipped to the disaster-stricken country by Singapore-based SmartBridge Solutions.

The ITU-led project plans to use WiMax and Wi-Fi technology to set up wireless phone and internet connectivity at one hundred holding centers for those displaced by the earthquake. SmartBridge is also contributing forty Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) devices for the deployment along with assigning engineers who will work with ITU experts to help and get the network up and running as soon as possible.

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on February 8, 2010  

Samsung and Yota have signed another contract that will help build out a complete WiMax network across Russia. Samsung will supply over 5,000 base stations and Access Control Routers beginning in March 2010. Yota will expand its mobile WiMax network to 15 cities including Sochi, the host of the 2015 Winter Olympic Games.
Yota selected Samsung as its sole Mobile WiMax equipment vendor in 2008. Since then, Samsung has supplied Yota with over 4,500 Mobile WiMax macro and pico cellular base stations for commercial Mobile WiMax services in Russia.

Yota has 300,000 mobile WiMax users in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ufa and has already provided service to over 50,000 subscribers in Kransnodor and Sochi.

Yota has already teamed with Samsung in the past – the two companies partnered to launch a network in Nicaragua and later broke even in their first five months of rolling out service in Russia.

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on February 5, 2010   |   3 comments

In light of widespread devastation in Haiti after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, communication restoration is the key to rescue operations.

Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Raymond Joseph, has called out restoration of communications as the top need in the region, which is almost entirely dependent upon wireless technology. Immediately following the earthquake, a lack of internet connectivity made it nearly impossible for NGO’s and the Haitian government to coordinate the delivery of aid. Large international service providers, humanitarian organizations, technology companies, and local service providers have all been taking action in the past three weeks to begin addressing the situation.

The two known Haitian Public Safety Answering Pints (PSAPs) were both reportedly destroyed and the Haitian police Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system was ruined along with most all of the wireline infrastructure. Inadequate power supply has been a major problem as well, particularly because even before the earthquake, Haiti’s electricity grid only provided about eight hours of daily power.

Humanitarian organizations are trying to make a difference in the relief effort by setting up wireless connections and utlilizing technology solutions. Engineers from NetHope have been sent to Haiti to set up a VSAT satellite solution using WiMax technology to restore Internet connectivity to large NGO’s who are serving in Haiti. NetHope members operating in Haiti will have access to this network and with connectivity restored, agencies will have the tools they need to expedite the delivery of much needed resources to victims through a coordinated response with each other.

Hainet, Multilink and Access Haiti, the three leading local Internet service providers in Haiti, have used broadband fixed wireless access (BFWA) systems for connectivity, including certified WiMax networks and pre-WiMax equipment. Technicians have been working to restore damaged wireless infrastructure as they also buildout new base stations. Both Access Haiti and Hainet were reported ‘non-operational’ immediately following the earthquake but were restored within days.

A plan supported by the National Joint TERT Initiative -a collaboration between APCO International Telecommunicator and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) for Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) – will cover an immediate phased approach to a solution as well as long-term support and training for the Haitian people.

APCO President Richard Mirgon have driven home this point regarding immediate need and actions – “The restoration of essential emergency communications systems is critical to saving lives and maintaining the health of the population, including

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on February 5, 2010  

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. will start WiMax service in Dhakor of Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, India later this month. It will extend to other parts of NCR including Bisradh, Dadri, Jewar and Jahangirpuri in the next financial year.

BSNL and MTNL will set up 10 new base stations by the end of this financial year in Noida and Greater Noida.  Precaution would be used to ensure that downtime of towers in these areas is minimized. It’s expected that both companies will add 25,000 new subscribers. The total number of new subscribers is suppose to be over 40,000 by March 2011.

WiMax enables users to video conference, television on mobile devices, tele-medicine and e-learning for students. This announcement comes after another BSNL announcement that Assam will be getting WiMax service soon too.

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on February 4, 2010   |   1 comment

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. is now offering WiMax service in in the northern Indian state of Assam. The network services were launched at Chaygaon in the Kamrup district of Assam, providing rural areas with broadband speeds of 7 mbps.

WiMax allows for video conferencing, tele-medicine service and tele-education. The local government will be able to check meters, issues involving birth certificates, land records and online vehicle registrations. Fees in rural areas will be reasonable at only Rs.140 per month.

BSNL is also building a fiber optic cable network in the northeast part of India, including a 800km line in Assam to provide connectivity in the telecom sector. To increase the quality of the GSM network, BSNL will set up 843 mobile towers, delivering telephone and broadband services to the most remote parts of India.

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