MARCH 12, 2013
Juba — Airspan Networks Inc., a South African-based provider of 4G broadband wireless access networks, has announced that RCS-Communication Ltd, a seasoned service provider in South Sudan, has selected its solution for a 4G WiMAX network deployment.
The first phase of the implementation, according to IT News Africa, has already started in Juba, the South Sudan capital.
"The Airspan network shows excellent results in terms of coverage and enables us to serve our clients in areas where we were previously unable to reach them on our terrestrial network." said Philip Gerber, the RCS-Communication Country Manager for South Sudan.
According to Flippie Odendal, RCS-Communication Managing Director for South Sudan, the company made the investment to upgrade its current WiMAX network to the latest generation technology in preparation for further network improvements and specific service offerings planned.
"Airspan was selected as our vendor because we believe their solution offers us the best scalability and widest choice of future options," Odendal said in the statement.
Meanwhile, in addition to the macro base stations and other related products and services, Airspan is reportedly supplying RCS with a "comprehensive network management system" called Netspan," which will also manage any long-term evolution (LTE) network when deployed if and when activated.
Early this year, an official said South Sudan plans to lay a fibre-optic network that will link the Juba with submarine cables in East Africa, in order to cut the high cost of using the Internet.
"We are targeting this year, within this year, that we will be connected to the submarine cable," Juma Stephen, the undersecretary in the country's telecommunications and postal service ministry told Reuters.
"Construction of fibre-optic cables will more than halve Internet prices and make it twice as fast", he said adding that government wants to cut that cost by reducing reliance on satellite bandwidth.
Almost two years since it got independence, internet access remains a hassle in the young nation, despite several providers, mainly mobile telecommunications companies, making the service available.