Egyptian tourism gets WiMax boost

Egypt's tourism sector is turning to WiMax to boost growth, with Luxor and Naama Bay in Sharm El Sheikh selected to host the first commercial deployments in the country.

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By  Administrator Published  February 22, 2007

Egypt's tourism sector is turning to WiMax to boost growth, with Luxor and Naama Bay in Sharm El Sheikh selected to host the first commercial deployments in the country.

The Emerging Markets Group (EMG) - an international development consulting firm - said last week it had selected two ISPs, EgyNet and TE Data, to develop the planned WiMAX networks, which are aimed at improving internet connectivity within the Egyptian tourism sector.

EMG is the prime contractor for the ‘While in Egypt Stay Connected Project', which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT).

In a statement, EMG said the project managers had identified "significant connectivity gaps" in the high-profile tourist sites, among the most popular resorts in the country.

"Filling these gaps can provide economic growth through a broadband wireless outdoor metropolitan area network," the statement claimed.

EgyNet and TE Data will develop the first wireless outdoor networks for commercial application of WiMax technology in Egypt, delivering high-speed internet access to hotels, businesses and end-users. EgyNet will develop the network in Naama Bay, while TE Data will provide the network for Luxor.

The National Regulatory Telecommunications Authority has agreed to provide a demonstration licence for WiMax in the 3.5GHz spectrum for this project and both networks should be operational by the middle of May this year.

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