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NER - Nera Networks awarded large WiMAX contract in Africa


3/24/2006, Nera Networks was recently awarded a large WIMAX contract from an African fixed- and mobile telecommunications operator. The contract, in the amount of USD 4.2 million, was won in competition with several large System Integrators, and represents the first of several possible network expansion phases.

-Nera Networks will, as a system integrator, deliver a complete turn key WiMAX solution to the operator. This entails that we will design, plan, assemble, install and maintain the WiMAX network for the customer - says Nera’s responsible for the African region, Executive Vice President Odd Kåre Fossmo. With a WiMAX network, the operator can offer its business- and private customers wireless access to communication services such as data, internet and Voice over IP.

WiMAX, a new global standard
WiMAX is a strategically important segment for Nera. In addition to the newly awarded contract in Africa, Nera Networks has delivered and built several WiMAX networks in for example Norway, Italy, Great Britain, Poland and Brazil.

WiMAX is a global standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access. WiMAX will provide fixed, nomadic, portable and, eventually, mobile wireless broadband connectivity without the need for direct line-of-sight with a base station. The build-out of WiMAX is proceeding at a fast pace as a result of the telecommunications industry having agreed on a common technical standard.

About WiMAX:
WiMAX is a new, open standard that the telecommunications industry has agreed upon. Members of the WiMAX Forum support the industry-wide acceptance of the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN standards. The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to promote and certify compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products. The objectives are to simplify the interaction between operators and vendors as well as lower the prices for network and end-user equipment. Nearly 300 leading companies in the telecommunications industry are members of the WiMAX forum, including Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, Ericsson and Nokia.


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