Nigerian telecoms operator Mobitel has selected Alvarion to provide 802.16e WiMAX services for underserved areas throughout the country. Under the first phase of the deployment, Mobitel will utilise Alvarion’s BreezeMAX solution in the 2GHz, 2.2GHz and 2.3GHz frequency bands to offer voice and high bandwidth data services in the cities of Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Warri and Abuja. Initial rollout of the network is slated for the third quarter of 2009, with 20,000 subscribers expected immediately after launch.
The Israel-based vendor will also provide a range of professional services including system integration, network deployment, field maintenance, configuration, training and local support services to ensure successful delivery of the network. ‘This is a great opportunity for Mobitel to bring broadband services to remote parts of the country. The use of WiMAX technology together with our existing fixed line network allows us the possibility to offer converged services to our customers,’ said Johnson Salako, president of Mobitel. During the second phase of the project, Mobitel and Alvarion will expand coverage to 18 other states in the country, including Kano, Kaduna, Oyo and Edo.