WiMAX coffee project full of beans and off the ground

2 Apr 2008

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has set up WiMAX broadband internet access facilities in isolated rural areas of Cap Rouge in Haiti. The work forms part of a joint project initiated in May 2007 via an agreement with Haitian mobile network operator Voila, the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and Cafes Malongo. The chief aim of the project is to connect coffee cooperatives in the region, although Thierry Albrand, Vice-President of Alcatel-Lucent’s ‘Digital Bridge’ initiative, added that ‘the final arrival of this broadband internet access for use by coffee cooperatives, schools, and a free health centre…is going to create economic and social development opportunities for the communities it serves.’