Gateway Communications yesterday won the award for "Wireless Network Infrastructure Innovation" in partnership with vendor, Cambridge Broadband Networks.
The GTB Innovation Awards are designed to honour innovative projects involving telecoms operators and service providers around the world, in association with their vendors and suppliers. For the "Wireless Network Infrastructure Innovation" Award, Gateway was assessed on a project that showed innovative contribution to the telecommunications sector.
The Award was given for Gateway's Airlink and Metrolink products, which were launched in Nigeria in May 2008 and are designed to change the way companies operating in West Africa access the Internet and connect branch offices.
AirLink is a true broadband Internet service offering access at speeds up to 8Mbps which can be installed in 48 hours. MetroLink allows companies with multiple offices in a metropolitan area to inter-connect at high-speed using the same secure, dedicated and quick to install product. Because of the speed, security and low installation costs, it has proved to be an ideal solution for banks, consumer goods distribution centres and fuel stations.
AirLink and MetroLink are a step forward for corporate connectivity in Nigeria. Gateway plans to introduce both products in 11 major cities in Nigeria in the third quarter of this year as well as Ghana, Cameroon and Mozambique in the next quarter before expanding them into the rest of Africa.
Both AirLink and MetroLink run on a Cambridge Broadband Networks wireless access platform with an MPLS core, allowing customers to converge Internet, Intranet and Extranet connections all on the same single access with total security.
Peter Gbedemah, CEO Gateway Communications, comments: "It's very exciting to be part of the dynamic telecommunications sector in one of Africa's fastest growing regions. Gateway Communications is continuing to see solid growth through increasing demand for connectivity across the continent especially in the most vibrant markets such as Nigeria. Through investment and innovation, Gateway is meeting ever-growing demand and this recognition for our Airlink and Metrolink products is an affirmation that our corporate connectivity solutions are revolutionising the way Africa's businesses operate."
Graham Peel, CEO of Cambridge Broadband Networks, says: "It's great to see one of our customers recognised with such a prestigious award. Gateway Communications has taken an innovative approach to delivering much-needed products, services and connectivity to its customers, so it's a just award for them to win. With the huge demand for Internet bandwidth in Africa and around the world, it's not surprising that Gateway Communications selected a scalable platform like VectaStar which is designed to meet the requirements of world-class operators today and the next generation networks they will build in the future, so it is able to continue offering innovative products and services to its customers and is able to grow with them."