Alvarion Ltd last week announced that Kenya Data Networks Ltd. (KDN), a subsidiary of Kenya’s Sameer ICT Group, is deploying advanced Alvarion wireless broadband networks valued at over USD1 million as the basis for Leased Lines and broadband access services that it provides to Kenyan ISP’s and business community.

KDN is a new data communications carrier established following the recent liberalization of the Kenyan data communications market. Its major backer is the Sameer ICT Group, one of Kenya’s largest conglomerates, and the pioneer provider of affordable mobile telephone services in Kenya. With an initial infrastructure investment of approximately USD10 million, KDN is the first new operator to provide Leased Line, Frame Relay, and IP Data services in Nairobi. It will use Alvarion’s BreezeACCESS OFDM and WALKair solutions for the 3.5 GHz frequency bands to supply highly reliable last-mile access services to Kenya’s major ISPs, banks, universities, multinational corporations, and small-to-medium-sized businesses.

"High-quality, affordable broadband services are critical for Kenya’s continued development, and we are proud to take the initiative," said Richard Bell, Managing Director of KDN. "Alvarion’s wireless technology will allow us to leapfrog to a world-class infrastructure bridging the digital divide with sophisticated communications services. Its modularity and unique NLOS (non-line-of-sight) capabilities will allow us to keep initial costs low while still providing the top-quality, reliable services demanded by the business community."