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WiMAX Network to Arrive in the Navajo Nation

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The Navajo nation's territory in New Mexico, USA is to get a wide area WiMAX network after signing a contract with Airspan Networks and Stutler Technologies.

Sacred Wind Communications purchased a dilapidated telephone system on a portion of Navajo lands in New Mexico in 2006 and is now building a new network for current customers as well as to reach over 6,000 homes without access to telephone service of any kind, not to mention broadband connectivity. Over 50% of the customers are below federal poverty levels and few have ever touched a computer.

Stutler Technologies, with the help of Sacred Wind Communications, is responsible for the planning, deployment and maintenance of the Navajo project. Stutler is implementing Airspan's dual-purpose Fixed and Mobile HiperMAX Base Station infrastructure for this large area deployment. 

John Badal, CEO of Sacred Wind, stated, " Sacred Wind has already received a low-interest $70 million loan from the USDA/RUS for this project and we have submitted an additional large stimulus application. We are convinced that we are in an ideal position to receive broadband stimulus funding to help us further expand our network,"

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