Alvarion has announced it has been chosen by Cielux Telecom for a full turnkey WiMAX project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Using Alvarion’s 802.16e BreezeMAX platform for the 3.5GHz frequency band, Cielux will offer voice and broadband data services to residential and business users in the cities of Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. Initial rollout of the WiMAX network is planned for June 2009, with 10,000 subscribers expected on the network by the end of the year. Alvarion will also provide a range of associated professional services including system integration, network deployment, field maintenance, configuration, training and local support services, in order to ensure successful delivery of the network. A later phase of the project is expected to follow, doubling the number of base stations in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, as well as expanding coverage to other cities in the country – Boma, Goma, Kisangani, Matadi and Muanda.
‘This agreement represents a strategic partnership with Alvarion and builds upon Alvarion’s global experience and leading technology,’ said Hugues Bridault, CEO of Cielux Telecom. ‘In a region that lacks infrastructure, bandwidth and up-to-date technology, we need a reliable solution. Alvarion’s mature technology is the best choice for meeting our target of deploying more than 150 base stations across 15 cities within three years. WiMAX is the most cost-effective technology commercially available today to help increase broadband penetration in the country, and together with Alvarion we are well positioned to bring end-users a new level of communications.’
Cielux Telecom is reported to be planning similar WiMAX networks in other African markets including the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville, in 2009), Cameroon (2009), Gabon and the Central African Republic (both 2010).