Alvarion to Provide Wavion™ Wi-Fi Solution to Telecel, a Cellular Operator in Burkina Faso
Alvarion® Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALVR), a provider of optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of public and private networks, today announced that recently acquired Wavion™ Ltd, a global leader in carrier grade Wi-Fi solutions for service providers, governments and enterprises, is supplying base stations for a high speed Wi-Fi service of Telecel, a GSM operator in Burkina Faso with over a million customers.
The deployment is based on Wavion’s high performance two-way beamforming Wi-Fi base stations, featuring a powerful interference immunity suite, used for access and backhauling in 2.4 and 5 GHz. The network covers Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, using Wavion base stations for blanket coverage in major metro areas including business districts, city centers, education campuses, hotels, the international airport and key residential areas.
The Wi-Fi network enables people on-the-go with smartphones, tablets and netbooks to connect to the Internet at speeds of up to 2 Mbps and enjoy applications such as video, image transfer, social networking and internet browsing with scratch cards, prepaid and postpaid billing. Additional services are planned in the near future and include location based applications, and cellular data offloading with automatic SIM authentication. Network expansions for early 2012 are currently in the planning stages for additional cities in Burkina Faso, including Bobo-Dioulasso and Koudougou, allowing the service to reach a population of over 2 million people in approximately 400 square kilometers of the three main cities in Burkina Faso.
“Following a thorough analysis of numerous solutions, we have selected the Wavion solution for this Wi-Fi deployment due to the unmatched coverage, capacity and quality of service provided by the base stations, along with a significant amount of global experience in designing and deploying large networks,” said Mr. Dimitri Ouédraogo, the CEO of Telecel. ”We are very pleased with our choice. Though the network covers challenging outdoor areas with heavy interference, it provides high quality and very stable service.”
“Alvarion is proud that its Wavion carrier-grade Wi-Fi solution has been selected by Telecel, a tier one operator in Burkina Faso,” said Mr. Eran Gorev, president and CEO of Alvarion. “It is yet another proof of the added value of our unique and powerful two-way beamforming and interference immunity technology for city-wide deployments, where there is a requirement to support a large number of users in challenging outdoor environments.”
Wavion technology resolves the significant performance, penetration and profitability challenges facing large-scale metro and rural deployments, providing extended coverage and higher throughput in an outdoor environment, excelling in non-line of sight (NLOS) and heavy interference conditions. Featuring base stations with 802.11n (WBSn) in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz unlicensed bands and in the 700MHz licensed band, the company offers end-to-end solutions including access, backhaul, CPEs, management and service provisioning tools.
Telecel Faso is a limited company (SA) with FCFA 2.5 billion capital, headquartered in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 396 Avenue de la nation. Founded in 2000, the company is active in the telecommunications sector. Its business strategy is totally focused on customer satisfaction, hence its slogan "offer more ...". Telecel Faso provides national coverage in full extension. More than 100 new cities have been covered since 2008. Major ongoing projects have been launched, aiming at capacity increase and platform higher reliability. Pricing policy is one of the most transparent, with highly competitive prices towards all local operators, other operators and over 500 destinations worldwide. Highly suitable mobile internet offer and a variety of Added Value Services are also provided. To better satisfy its customers through proximity, the company has a network of branches in major cities of the country. Telecel Faso has developed strong roaming partnerships with over two hundred and ten (210) operators worldwide located in 119 countries: forty (40) in Africa, thirty six (36) in Europe, thirty six (36) in Asia and seven (07) in America. Telecel Faso's very offensive strategy, illustrated by continued revenue and subscribers growth, puts the company in the best conditions to regain its leadership in the mobile telephony sector in Burkina Faso.
Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALVR) provides optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of telecom operators, smart cities, security, and enterprise customers. Our innovative solutions are based on multiple technologies across licensed and unlicensed spectrums. (www.alvarion.com)
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