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Gateway signs deal for Nigerian network

Gateway Communications confirms plan for pan-Nigerian broadband network after signing deal for last mile access with Cambridge Broadband Networks.

Gateway signs deal for Nigerian network
Gateway Communications is deploying wireless broadband network aimed at enterprises in Nigeria.

Gateway Communications, a pan-African provider of carrier and business network solutions, has confirmed that it will roll out wireless broadband services across 10 Nigerian states in 2010, with Port Harcourt and Abuja scheduled to go live in March, and a further 26 states to go live in 2011.

Gateway Communication plans to target business users with its broadband service, which is based on its own AirLink and MetroLink technology and operates on 10.5Ghz spectrum.

 In a deal that will help it complete the project, Gateway Communications said last week that it had signed a deal with UK-based Cambridge Broadband Networks, which will deploy its VectaStar II platform on 130 of Gateway's hubs and 5000 of its terminal stations in Nigeria, to deliver last mile broadband access.

When completed, the Nigerian network will form part of Gateway Communications pan-African MPLS network, which will eventually cover every major African city.

"Being able to connect to our enterprise customers in their own premises and control the last mile ensures that all Nigerian business will now be able to benefit from carrier grade solutions, no matter what their size," said Guy Clarke, managing director of Gateway Nigeria.

 "Gateway has an aggressive roll-out plan for last mile access for their wireless broadband networks in 2010 and 2011. We needed an efficient, reliable and high capacity solution that could be deployed quickly, and Cambridge Broadband Networks point to multi point solution met those requirements".

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