MOZAMBIQUE WINS WIMAX RACE WITH MAPUTO MUNI NETWORK
Rapid Cloud Technology, the Johannesburg-based sub-Saharan distributor of certified WiMax equipment for Canada's Redline Communications, has deployed Africa's first certified WiMax metropolitan network in the capital of neighbouring Mozambique in under five days.
“For Teledata Mozambique, WiMax is all about delivering quality broadband to the local market and providing an affordable alternative to digital subscriber lines and cable broadband Internet access,” says Arnoud de Nooy, Rapid Cloud CEO.
According to De Nooy, WiMax is the best technology to meet the growing demand for reliable and superior wireless broadband connectivity in Africa, particularly because of its relatively low costs, rapid deployment capability, extensive scalability, and capacity to deliver voice, data and video.
Although Mozambique is the first African country to set up a certified WiMax network, commercial services are set to begin only later in the year, and according to two visiting Redline representatives, SA may not be far behind.
“Certification guarantees interoperability and has been a catalyst for WiMax implementations, with Kenya, Ghana and Madagascar set to follow Mozambique in quick succession,” says Simon Wilder, Redline sales director for Europe and Africa.