One of Kenya's leading mobile services providers, Safaricom, has appointed Alvarion for a three-year turnkey WiMax project to deploy high-speed broadband services throughout the country.
Using Alvarion’s BreezeMAX solution at 3.5 GHz frequency band, the WiMax network will enable wireless broadband for residential and corporate users, rural areas, municipalities, banks, schools and universities and will augment the Kenyan undersea fibre optic cable that now connects East Africa to international communications networks.
The buildout of this fibre network is aimed at improving the broadband infrastructure in the country and Safaricom is among several companies participating in this government initiative to bring fibre connectivity to Kenya.
“Our new WiMax broadband network will enable us to offer high quality broadband services to our customers throughout the country, connecting all of Kenya, and creating new opportunities for business growth for multiple segments,” says Michael Joseph, CEO of Safaricom. “We will rely on Alvarion’s proven WiMax solutions and unparalleled experience in deploying advanced wireless broadband networks of this kind to help us build the network that will establish Safaricom as a broadband leader in the country.”
Safaricom’s WiMax network will be rolled out in both urban and rural markets throughout the country to provide equal opportunity to people by enabling various types of data applications including e-learning and e-government initiatives.
“We look forward to creating a state of the art network with Safaricom to bring new innovative services to Kenya,” says Tzvika Friedman, president and CEO of Alvarion. “Our WiMax solutions are customised for emerging markets with capabilities that can help reduce operating costs and boost network capacity, and help deliver advanced voice and data services for a variety of applications.”