Alvarion Delivers Turnkey WiMAX Network in Burkina Faso
Published on: 8th Mar 2009
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Alvarion says that it has been chosen by Burkina Faso's Ministry of Posts and Information Communication Technology for the country's first 802.16e WiMAX deployment. Alvarion initially deployed a network in the capital city of Ouagadougou to connect administrative offices with data and voice services over WiMAX. Based on the successful results, the Ministry of Posts and Information Communication Technology decided to award an expansion contract with full turnkey services to Alvarion.
As part of the modernization process in Burkina Faso, the Ministry plans to connect additional cities to broadband Internet starting in Bobo-Dioulasso, and to be followed later in Fada N'Gourma, Kaya, Koudougou, Ouahigouya and Ziniaré.
As part of this initiative, Alvarion will deploy its BreezeMAX base stations and customer premises equipment for the 2.5 GHz frequency band in the major cities of Burkina Faso. In addition, Alvarion is providing full project implementation including project management, network planning, full installation, radio planning, training services and ongoing technical support.
"Our goal is to improve public services across the country and enable efficient and reliable public administration processes," said Noël Kaboré, The Minister of Posts and ICT. "WiMAX is the best technology commercially available today to overcome lack of infrastructure and enable quick and easy access to all public offices. Alvarion's technology has proven itself in Ouagadougou and we are confident that its WiMAX solution will enable us to implement the government's strategy in the best possible way. This network will allow us to connect administration offices and governmental institutions throughout Burkina Faso using the broadband capabilities of the technology for data applications, Internet and VoIP."
"We are proud to play a key role in enabling communications infrastructure in Burkina Faso, as part of our strategy to invest in emerging markets with full end-to-end solution responsibilities," said Tzvika Friedman, president and CEO of Alvarion. "Winning projects in the important segment of government and public administration underscores our turnkey project capabilities and execution. Providing end-to-end solutions with turnkey services will enable the Ministry to achieve its goals and meet the challenging demands of the government."