Augere, a provider of broadband services in emerging markets, has announced in a press release that it will commercially launch its WiMAX network in the Rwandan capital Kigali on 25 November 2011. Services will be offered under the brand name Qubee and will further support the economic development of the area. Meanwhile in neighbouring Tanzania, Augere has announced that it obtained a spectrum licence to offer wireless broadband services on 1 June 2011. Commenting on the two announcements, David Venn, Global CEO of Augere, said: ‘This is an exciting time for Augere. We are at the forefront of the broadband revolution in emerging markets, and the launch in Rwanda and the new licence in Tanzania greatly increase the opportunities for people in the region and for the Augere business.’
Augere was established in September 2007 and currently has access to spectrum in Pakistan, Bangladesh, the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in India, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The company’s first commercial network was launched under the Qubee brand in Pakistan in July 2009, followed by the Bangladesh network in October 2009. By mid-2011 Augere’s wireless networks comprised more than 650 radio base stations and served over 100,000 broadband customers.