Aperto Networks has announced that SimbaNET, a pan-African service provider, has selected its PacketMAX platform for new WiMAX deployments in Tanzania. The deployment in Tanzania will be the largest WiMAX network in that country.
SimbaNET is deploying PacketMAX 5000 base stations and PacketMAX 100 subscriber units in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, before expanding to other regions. The network will operate in the 3.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands and will initially provide high-speed wireless data and voice to corporate and SME customers. Support will also be expanded later for residential and small commercial use.
“We have worked with Aperto in the past and highly value the quality of its WiMAX solutions," said Suhail Sheriff, General Manager of SimbaNET. "We are upgrading older networks to WiMAX and need carrier-grade performance if we are to meet the growing demand for broadband wireless services in Tanzania, Kenya, and elsewhere.”
According to a recent report by Business Monitor International (2007), WiMAX subscriber numbers in Africa will grow from 180,000 in 2008 to 11 million by 2012 and will account for 15% of the wireless broadband market. Furthermore, roll out of all wireless mobile technology will result in coverage for over 50% of the continent's population.