Special blend: Comcel and Alcatel-Lucent provide WiMAX to coffee co-ops

1 Jun 2007

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a two-year cooperation agreement with Cafés Malongo, the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and Haitian mobile operator Comcel to offer broadband internet access to the rural area of Cap Rouge in Haiti. The pilot project ‘Traçabilité du Café’ (Coffee Traceability) will give coffee cooperatives internet access from their plantations via WiMAX and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies. The system will enable them to monitor the traceability of their ‘fair trade’ labelled products and sell their coffee on optimum terms by reducing the number of intermediaries. Alcatel-Lucent has undertaken to supply equipment free of charge, including a WiMAX station, and will help to set up and run the project, whilst Comcel has undertaken to bear all the connection costs for two years for three planned sites, and to operate the WiMAX station.