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Altech, Samsung deploy network trials of mobile WiMAX

Posted: 22 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Altech and Samsung Electronics have entered into a partnership to deploy network trials of mobile WiMAX in South Africa, with plans to install a mobile WiMAX network in Gauteng. Services will focus on wireless delivery of triple play services such as video streaming, Internet access and VoIP to next-generation handsets and laptops. The network will be commissioned in July.

Under the contract, Samsung will provide Altech with mobile WiMAX infrastructure equipment and different devices in the second half. After the success of the initial trial service, Altech will decide the mass deployment of mobile WiMAX service in South Africa.

"Mobile WiMAX 802.16e, in which cell-to-cell handover forms part of the core architecture, is now widely expected to emerge as the dominant wireless IP delivery technology for the next 10 years," said Altech's CTO Steven Sidley. "We will be testing not only access, but handover, throughput, multiple concurrent service delivery and quality of service imperatives. This technology will be a key to telecommunications development in both South Africa and Africa as we leapfrog older, less robust technologies."

Adds Hyojong Lee, VP of Samsung Electronics, "I am pretty confident that Mobile WiMAX will bring the real benefit of the advanced telecommunication technology to people in South Africa. We believe that the planets are now lined upthe technology is ready, the market is ready, Altech is ready and the country's new liberalized framework is ready."

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