African broadband network announced

Cambridge Broadband Networks has announced a contract with Gateway Communications to create the world’s largest point-to-multipoint microwave access network.

Gateway will use Cambridge Broadband Networks’ VectaStar II platform to provide 130 hubs and 5,000 terminal stations that will deliver mobile broadband connections across Nigeria.

Gateway Communications Nigeria, headquartered in Lagos, are building a pan-African, all-IP connectivity network that covers every major African city and has acquired 10.5GHz spectrum licences for point to multipoint in Nigeria.

The company will roll out up to 10Mb mobile broadband services across 10 Nigerian states in 2010, with Port Harcourt and Abuja scheduled to go live in February. It is anticipated that a further 14 states will go live through 2011.

According to Cambridge Broadband Networks, the deal follows Gateway’s successful roll out of its award-winning Airlink and MetroLink mobile broadband services, using VectaStar 10.5GHz solutions in Lagos.

‘Whether in emerging or developed markets, point-to-multipoint microwave has clear and demonstrable advantages over the legacy point-to-point solutions,’ said Graham Peel, chief executive officer of Cambridge Broadband Networks. ‘VectaStar has already been adopted by 50 operators in 35 geographic markets, including in what the GSMA has described as the world’s busiest mobile broadband network. This latest mass deployment provides further validation of the technology and Cambridge Broadband’s ability to deliver.’