By Sathya Mithra Ashok
Communications service provider, Warid Telecom, part of the Abu Dhabi Group, plans to launch Wimax-based fixed line services in Uganda by the fourth quarter of the year.
Communications service provider, Warid Telecom, part of the Abu Dhabi Group, plans to launch Wimax-based fixed line services and GSM mobile services in Uganda by the fourth quarter of the year.
It will be aided in the Wimax implementation by sister company, Wateen Telecom, which will provide technical and business support for the project.
The firm also plans to begin mobile service provision to the Congo, an Ugandan neighbour, before the end of the year.
“The licence in Uganda covers both GSM and Wimax deployments. The (Request for Proposal) RFP stage is almost complete and the project should be kicked off in the next two months. We are targeting the fourth quarter for a launch of services,” said Shohidul Islam Miah, CTO of Wateen Telecom.
Wateen Telecom is in the final stages of completing a 22-city Wimax network implementation in Pakistan. The network is being put in place by Motorola, which will provide fixed broadband connectivity to corporates and consumers in the cities.
“We are forming a list of additional cities that our clients would like connectivity in. We plan on expanding our coverage to these areas as soon as possible. We see Wimax as one of the many access technologies that can be used in Pakistan. In rural sectors, in particular, we will provide connectivity using a combination of Wimax and satellite technology,” said Miah.
According to him, it is the Abu Dhabi Group’s ambition to provide connectivity over fixed and mobile lines to several countries.
“Pakistan serves as a pilot for us in Wimax network deployment. We will utilise the lessons learned from our work in the country as we move to other nations. We will also continue to expand coverage across Pakistan using Wimax as a complementary connectivity platform to existing infrastructure,” he added.