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Papua New Guinea getting a Mobile WiMAX Network

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Alvarion has won a contract to deploy the first Mobile WiMAX network in Papua New Guinea for Telikom PNG. Alvarion s local partner for this project is Telrad Networks. The operator s first network in the capital city of Port Moresby was launched this month and is expected to provide connectivity to approximately 1,500 users. The second network to be deployed in the city of Lae is planned to go live in the second quarter of 2009. Further expansion is expected at the end of 2009, extending the network to all regional cities as part of the master plan to achieve nationwide coverage for 55,000 end users.

“We are proud to announce the deployment of the first Mobile WiMAX network in Papua New Guinea and introduce a new era of communications to all citizens,” said Peter Loko Acting CEO of Telikom PNG. “Alvarion presents an impressive track record in WiMAX solutions and early deployment capabilities. Together with our partner Telrad, we will leverage Alvarion’s technology and expertise to provide a high-performance quality solution, offering compelling broadband services to our customers in this market.”

Papua New Guinea has a population of almost 6 million and Internet penetration rate below 2 percent.

Telikom PNG is a state-owned company, that provides landline services, and through its subsidiary, BMobile Communications, also manages a mobile phone network.

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