Mena’s WiMAX network ready by January

17 Sep 2007

Bahraini alternative telco Mena Telecom has issued a statement saying that it will begin rolling out a WiMAX network before the end of 2007, based on 802.16e technology supplied by Motorola. Mena’s WiMAX network will be deployed in two stages, with a full range of fixed-wireless services, including broadband, internet and telephony, to be available from the capital Manama to the Seef area by January 2008. In the second phase, coverage will be extended to other areas of the Kingdom by March 2008. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Mena won one of two fixed line and fixed-wireless network operating licences in December 2006 alongside MTC-Vodafone Bahrain (now rebranded Zain Bahrain). Under the terms of the licences, both firms must launch commercial national fixed-wireless services within 18 months of the date of the award. Their obligations include a minimum requirement of 40% population coverage, rising to full national coverage in four years. Zain’s network is expected to be ready for commercial launch by the end of this month.