Mena Telecom gears up for WiMax launch

Bahraini telco operator Mena Telecom schedules soft launch of its new WiMax network in December.

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By  Michele Howe Published  October 15, 2007

Bahraini telco operator Mena Telecom is planning a soft launch of its new WiMax network in December, its CEO has revealed.

Speaking with, Roy Sutton said the firm hoped to have the network operating commercially in January.

"We'll start off with a limited geographic area and then gradually rollout from there. We would expect to be rolled out during the second quarter of 2008," he said.

The network, which is being built by Motorola, will enable Mena Telecom to offer a range of services including broadband and data services.

The operator claims it will be the first to deploy WiMax nationwide in the Middle East.

Mena Telecom was awarded one of two national fixed wireless broadband licences last year at a cost of $13 million. The other licence went to incumbent mobile operator Zain Bahrain.

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