Israel-based technology provider Alvarion has partnered Mundo Startel to expand the Angolan telco’s wireless broadband services using WiMAX equipment operating in the 3.6GHz frequency band. The ongoing network expansion across the country is based on Alvarion’s BreezeMAX WiMAX products, and follows Mundo Startel’s decision to launch a fixed access ISP service. Following previous successful deployments in Luanda, the partners aim to provide internet access services to enterprise, public sector and residential customers. The nationwide WiMAX network will provide access to remote businesses, which the vendor’s press release says should help fuel economic growth for the region. Mundo Startel is part-owned by Telecom Namibia, along with a number of other local partners, who have committed to invest over USD55 million in Angola to deploy 100,000 wireless lines providing voice and high speed data services in Luanda and throughout the country. ‘Angola’s demand for broadband connectivity coupled with the lack of wired infrastructure makes WiMAX technology an ideal solution for the country,’ said Tzvika Friedman, president and CEO of Alvarion. Mundo Startel has deployed IP-based next generation network (NGN) technology in Luanda with PoPs located in and around the city. The IP network has been built with carrier grade equipment, offering different service levels (QoS) for data and fixed line voice traffic.