USD4.9m WiFi3 deal for West, Central Africa
SIERRA LEONE| July 26, 2012, 5:09 p.m.
Canada’s Edgewater Wireless has announced a USD4.9 million deal that will expand its market for its WiFi3 technology into West and Central Africa.
The agreement, with World Affinity Telecom, is for the supply of next-generation WiFi3 technology as part of phase 1 of a multi-phase program designed to deliver WiFi3 and WLAN coverage throughout several Western and Central African countries. The first phase of the deployment program is to begin in the third quarter of this year in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Edgewater Wireless’ WiFi3 technology will be used to deliver broadband services and applications over WiFi3 and WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) networks – initially throughout Freetown, and extending the network across the country by the Q3 2013. Edgewater Wireless will work closely with World Affinity Telecom to define and design the network and associated product requirements for the Freetown deployment which will include government buildings, schools and hospitals.
World Affinity Telecom and its local subsidiary, Sierra WiFi, are leveraging a state-of-the-art fibre network within Sierra Leone to provide wireless broadband services. In addition to the national deployment of WiFi3 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 WiFi3 technology, by the end of 2012.
“As a former Minister and Ambassador to Canada for Senegal, I am strongly committed to the growth and development of our continent through the advancement of technology,” said Amadou Tidiane Wone,Chairman of World Affinity Telecom. “Through our partnership with Edgewater Wireless, WiFi3 brings an innovative solution which will strengthen our communications and technology infrastructure in order to accelerate the development of our natural and human resources.”
MORE SIERRA LEONE NEWS
Orange, Airtel in talks on acquisitionsOrange and Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV, have entered into an exclusive agreement to explore the possible acquisition by Orange of four Airtel subsidiaries. Read More
Partnership expands ICT support for Ebola fight in West AfricaCollaboration among NetHope, Facebook, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Cisco, EveryLayer and Inveneo will provide sustainable Internet connectivity solutions to support frontline response efforts and long-term recovery in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Read More
IBM partners with Airtel and Echo Mobile on Ebola containment initiatives in AfricaAirtel, IBM Research Africa and Kenya's Echo Mobile have joined forces to launch several initiatives to help curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Read More
Africell Sierra Leone tops 2m subscribersAfricell Holding has announced that Africell Sierra Leone crossed the two million mark, with over 2,250,000 active subscribers. Read More
Sierra WiFi registration underwaySierra WiFi, taking WiFi connectivity to cities and towns across Sierra Leone, is adding to its user base following its official launch last month. Read More
Sierra Leone officially connects to ACE cableSierra Leone has officially launched its connection to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system, gaining its first direct link to a global fibre network. Read More
Sierra Leone to privatise telcoSierra Leone’s government has approved a proposal to privatise the ailing state-owned telco. Read More
Sierra Leone Minister calls for more PPPsSierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ben Kargbo, says there is a need for more public private partnerships to connect all communities. Read More
Africa will need 150,000 towersHelios Towers Ghana says massive voice and data demand means Africa will need to double its telecoms towers in five years. Read More
FEATURED STORYViber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats
Viber, one of the leading messaging and calling apps with more than 664 million unique users worldwide, has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHPoised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year Winner
Roshi Motman is not your average CEO. Since taking up the reins as the first female CEO of Tigo Ghana in 2014, she has led the Tigo brand through a remarkable transformation.
COMPANY NEWSDStv Eutelsat Star Awards winners named
Students from Ghana and Zimbabwe have scooped top honours at 5th edition of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards organised by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat.