WiMAX Network Deployed in Zambia
Published on: 14th Nov 2012
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Zambia based Microlink has rolled out an Airspan supplied WiMAX network in Lusaka and other key cities in Zambia, utilizing a combination of Macro and Pico base stations.
The first phase deployment covers several regions of the country including many challenging environments such as in the Copperbelt mining region in Zambia which is prone to severe electrical storms and heavy downpours.
"Airspan has been a great partner on this project. Their solutions have enabled us to deploy a cost-effective 4G network that enables us to provide our customers with fast and reliable connectivity that best fits their needs and budgets," commented John Taylor, CEO of Microlink.
The network, operating in the 2.5 GHz band, is providing multi-megabit speeds and a variety of service packages to residents and businesses throughout the coverage area. Microlink currently offers services in Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola, Chingola, Solwezi, Chililabobmwe, Mufulira, Kapiri, Kafue, Mazabuka, Choma and Livingstone districts.
"Africa still only has a 13.5% Internet penetration rate for the entire continent. Zambia trends even lower with only 6.4% of the population using the Internet. This void has spurred Microlink to deploy a country-wide network to reach underserved regions and empower customers with high-speed Internet and much-needed applications such as e-commerce capabilities," commented Amit Ancikovsky, President of Products and Sales for Airspan Networks.