Millennium Selects Airspan 4G Network for Central African Republic
Airspan Networks Inc., a provider of broadband wireless access networks, announced last week that it has been chosen by Millenium Telecom Centrafrique for a 4G Wireless deployment in Central African Republic (CAR).
Millenium, a new Internet Service Provider, is the first mobile broadband operator in CAR, founded in April 2011, with the aim to provide reliable and affordable high-speed Internet access to individuals & businesses.
The initial deployment is focused on delivering mobile 4G data services to approximately 1,000 users in Bangui, the capital of CAR. Subsequent phases will expand service to 10,000 consumer and corporate users throughout the city.
Using Airspan's leading-edge Air4G macro cell solution, the deployment incorporates a wide selection of user devices including long-range outdoor, self-install indoor, and USB devices. Millenium offers VPN services to corporations and organizations, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities in hotels and restaurants and pre-paid card services to consumers.
"We are very happy to work with Airspan on the first wireless high-speed Internet network in CAR," commented Souleymane Diallo, Founder & CEO of Millenium Telecom. "With Airspan's Air4G platform, we will be able to provide the best quality network and offer unique, cost-effective, data services to the population of CAR. Our objective is to cover the whole capital city, Bangui, with mobile WiMAX and Wi-Fi hotspots in our first phase launch. We expect further expansion into additional provinces by the end of 2012."
The network, operating in the 2.5 GHz band, is delivering never-before-accessed Internet speeds and services. The city of Bangui has a population of just under 600,000 people. The estimated current Internet penetration rate in CAR is 2% of the population.
"Africa is a dynamic and fast-growing region for 4G Internet services," commented Amit Ancikovsky, President of Products and Sales for Airspan Networks. "Airspan is seeing an acceleration of 4G network deployments and I am very optimistic on our continued growth in this territory. Millenium is just an example of the entrepreneurial 4G Internet Service Providers popping up across underserved African regions, working diligently to modernize networks and help economic growth with broadband mobile data access. Airspan provides an ideal solution that helps these companies accomplish their goals."