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Wi-Fi Network to be Deployed in Sierra Leone

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Edgewater Wireless Systems says that it has won a C$4.9 million contract from World Affinity Telecom to supply Wi Fi technology as part of a multi phase program designed to deliver WiFi and WLAN coverage throughout several Western and Central African countries.

The initial deployment will take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone in the autumn of 2012.

Wi-Fi coverage will be initially offered throughout Freetown, and extending the network across the country by the autumn of 2013.

World Affinity Telecom and its local subsidiary, Sierra WiFi, are leveraging a fibre network within Sierra Leone to provide wireless broadband services. In addition to the national deployment of WiFi technology in Sierra Leone, World Affinity Telecom has secured licenses to deliver national WLAN coverage in a number of other Western African countries, including Guinea, where the company plans expansion of a WLAN network, backboned by Wi-Fi technology, by the end of 2012.

"This agreement with World Affinity represents a huge market opportunity for Edgewater Wireless to deliver broadband wireless services to Western & Central Africa," said Andrew Skafel, President of Edgewater Wireless. "We expect Africa to be one of the fastest-growing markets globally for WiFi over the next 5 to 10 years."

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