ZTE Corporation is to deploy its first ever Africa commercial WiMAX network in Angola following an agreement signed recently with Mundostartel, Angola's 2nd largest fixed-line operator. ZTE will provide Mundostartel with the equipment to build a nationwide WiMAX network by January 2006. All the equipment provided by ZTE complies fully with WiMAX standards. The network will cover three cities and will provide broadband and VoIP services for more than six million people, including, in the first stage, Luanda, capital of Angola, Benguela and Lobito.

ZTE won the contract in competition with four other global telecoms equipment suppliers. Under the terms of the agreement, ZTE will supply Mundostartel with its end-to-end WiMAX solution including base stations and CPEs (Customer Premises Equipment) which offer smooth scalability to an 802.16e (mobile WiMAX) network, roaming support architecture and product serialisation.